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2001 Duckhorn "Three Palms" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1007827 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The full-bodied 2001 Merlot Three Palms Vineyard’s opaque ruby/purple hue is followed by a stunning bouquet of sweet kirsch, plum liqueur, blueberries, spring flowers and roasted coffee. Revealing superb richness, impressive purity and a multidimensional mouthfeel, this stunning Merlot can be enjoyed over the next 10-15+ years.  (6/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tannic as usual from this single vineyard near Calistoga, but with a great heart of cherry and blackberry fruit and wonderful suggestions of herbs and nettles. Bone dry, but ripe in sweet fruit, the quintessence of cherry. An obvious cellar candidate that will hold through the decade.  (8/2004)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Wild, meaty aromas of black raspberry, licorice, earth, tar, smoke and nutty oak. Quite aromatic in the mouth, with flavors of dark berries and leather given shape by firm acidity. Characterful wine, if rather sauvage Finishes a bit youthfully hard-edged, with notes of leather and meat.  (2/2005)

Wine Spectator

 A big, dark-colored mouthful of wine, with a mix of racy, earthy, leathery scents, but also a generous core of spicy currant, mineral, cedar and herb. It finishes with a rich, mouthcoating aftertaste and a touch of mocha.  (10/2004)

K&L Notes

Duckhorn's Three Palms Vineyard Merlot from 2001 showcases this vineyard's potential for producing age-worthy wines. This vintage has refined tannins, a rich texture, and a pleasant component of well-integrated oak. The aroma is concentrated with ripe cherry, sage, mint, and chocolate. Flavors of strawberry, raspberry, earth, and spice fill the mouth and contribute to its elegance and appeal. 76% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged for 20 months in 100% French oak.

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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.