2007 Duckhorn "Three Palms" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1115214 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A tremendous Merlot, Duckhornís greatest since the 2005 and one of their best ever, over many years of crafting this wine. Feels soft and smooth and yet dusty and tannic all at once, while the flavors, of red and black cherries, blackberries, licorice, minerals and spices, are vast and succulent. A great Merlot, one of the successes of the vintage.  (12/ 2011)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Once again taking its accustomed place among the very best Merlots of the vintage, Duckhorn's latest Three Palms bottling is a wonderfully supple and succulent wine that hits each and all of the varietal marks. It is rife with deep, ripe-cherry fruit and it is graced with careful oak and touches of tea, and it achieves the almost velvety feel of great Merlot even while being backed up with deftly placed tannin. It is starting to show a fine sense of layering, and it will do so even more as it matures, for it has the stamina and strength to improve for a decade and last for one more beyond that.  (11/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Duckhorn first bottled Three Palms as a single-vineyard wine in 1978. The warm vineyard site with its free-draining soils is distinctive for its elegantly red-fruited and minerally profile. It was blended with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot and was aged in 99% new French oak for 18 months. From the winemaker: "A classic expression of Three Palms, this wine begins with enticing aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, earth, ginger spice and graham cracker pie crust before revealing a core of red-fruit dominated flavors highlighting red currant and sweet cherry. Supported by a broad, rich entry and additional layers of blueberry, plum, cardamom and coffee, this powerful Merlot has firm, robust tannins and will benefit from decanting or additional aging."

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.