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Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2015

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Since their inaugural vintage in 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been proud to craft a vineyard-designate bottling from Three Palms. One of California’s first single-vineyard Merlots, this full-bodied wine reflects Three Palms’ unique terroir and has been a consistent benchmark for New World Merlot. Named for its three iconic palm trees, the warm, up valley vineyard features lean soils that cause the vines to send their roots deep in search of nutrients, producing an intense, age-worthy wine with complex fruit and mineral layers. Reflecting what can be achieved from a legendary vineyard in an exceptional growing season, this wine displays captivating aromas of fresh cranberry, blueberry, fig, cedar and cocoa nibs.

On the dense, mouth-filling palate, sophisticated notes of wet slate minerality add poise and definition to flavors of plum, molasses, cherry, and crushed rose petals. Silky tannins carry the wine to a beautifully structured finish with hints of moist earth, cranberry, and bittersweet chocolate.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Yes, I was around when the 1998 Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Merlot was release. I bought and sold three cases of the inaugural release, and I have enjoyed that wine many times through the decades. The 2015 vintage is another star from this special vineyard site. TASTING NOTES: This wine is intense, built, and well-structured; Its aromas and flavors of rich, ripe fruit should pair it well with a crown roast of lamb. (Tasted: September 10, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Reduced and brimming in barrel oak, this is a full-bodied, concentrated and age-worthy wine, flavored in strong layers of baked plum, cinnamon and soy. As it opens, generous helpings of blueberry and fig figure into the mix, adding to the complexity and memorability of the wine. Enjoy best 2025 through 2030. Cellar Selection.
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Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction.

One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.

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One of Napa Valley’s oldest wine growing subregions but last to gain appellation status, Calistoga occupies the northernmost section of the valley. Beginning at the foot of Mount St. Helena, its vineyards stretch over steep canyons and roll out onto the valley floor. The soils in Calistoga are volcanic, which means they are heavy in minerals, low in organic matter and allow good drainage for vine roots, creating less green growth and more concentration of flavor within the grape berries.

Summer days are very hot but most nights cool down with moist ocean breezes sneaking in over the Mayacamas Mountains or from Knights Valley to its northwest.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the area’s star variety with Zinfandel coming in a strong second, though the latter commands far less price per tonnage so continues to be outshined by Cabernet in vineyard acreage, save for some important exceptions.

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