1996 Duckhorn - Merlot Three Palms Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Rich and complex, with a focused, full-bodied core of earth, currant, mineral, tar, cherry and spice, firming up on the finish. Wonderful depth and dimension that cellaring should reward. 522 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2009
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

Ruby-red. Pomerol-like aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco and meat. Pliant and mouthfilling, with soft, layered fruit and a note of leather. Finishes with light, dusty tannins. Good plump merlot, but like the above, this lacks a bit of verve.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Average rating: 90, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

61 bottles owned by 31 collectors.

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About This Producer


Co-founded in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, Duckhorn Wine Company includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, and Goldeneye Winery. Their Duckhorn Vineyards estate is renowned for its Bordeaux varietal wines and since 1982 has also produced a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Duckhorn commits itself to source the finest fruit in the Napa Valley and subsequently has purchased several properties to join the estate vineyard program. Currently the winery owns six estate vineyards along the slopes of Howell Mountain. Winemakers at Duckhorn aim to treat each vineyard block individually, bringing an artisan's approach to the winery. The winemaker may blend as many as 200 unique distinct lots and use up to 25 types of oak (mostly French) in the final barrel aging. Duckhorn's sister label, Decoy, is a unique blend of Bordeaux varietals that varies from year to year.

Paraduxx was created for the estate's winemakers to express themselves outside of Duckhorn's Bordeaux-style focus. The wine is a Napa Valley red blend consisting primarily of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Goldeneye Winery and its sister label, Migration, produce Pinot Noir sourced from cool weather fruit in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley.

See other similar producers: Miner Family, Robert Mondavi, Ridge Vineyards

Wine Varietal: Merlot


Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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