2002 Duckhorn "Three Palms" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1014759

This one's a concentrated wine, smooth and round in structure, with a lingering finish, and ample integrated tannins suggests a wine with great aging potential. The aroma is a medley of raspberry, strawberry, black currant, and cassis highlighted by smoky bacon and a touch of mint. Ripe fruit flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry are complemented by toasty oak and vanilla. 75% Merlot, 11% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc. 90(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated, deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, strawberry and minerals. Juicy, tightly wound and high-pitched, with perfumed flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, violet and pipe tobacco, along with a cooler suggestion of menthol. Quite backward today and less obviously ripe than Duckhorn's estate merlot, but offers considerable promise. Finishes with very firm tannins and lingering notes of black fruits and violet. An impressive set of 2002 merlots." (May/June 05) 93 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This chunky, tannin-laced wine teases with touches of orange-rind, briary spice and cassis while taking ripe-cherries as its central motif. It too is fairly full on the palate and sports a considerable impression of extract, but it is presently closed out by hard-charging astringency and could do with a rest of five or more years." (11/05)

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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

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the 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.