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    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2006
    Merlot - Napa Valley, California

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    • CG93
    • WE93
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Connoisseurs' Guide, 91 Wine & Spirits

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Merlot

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 98853

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Three Palms Vineyard is legendary in the world of California Merlot—and for good reason. A hot site with free-draining soils, Three Palms consistently delivers focused red fruit flavors balanced by an austere minerality, which contributes to elegant aging potential. The 2006 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot delivers all the vibrant fruit one would expect, with layers of red currant, raspberry and black cherry underscored by elements of piecrust, strawberry, caramel and wet stone. The tannins are dry and elegant, leading to a long, jammy finish.

    The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer with a mid-July heat spike that accelerated ripening. Mild temperatures continued throughout the fall allowing for a moderately paced harvest. The long growing season brought complex and intense flavor and aroma development.

    75% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

    Critical Acclaim:

    An extraordinarily rich, tannic and dry wine, which despite its big structure is relieved by potent flavors of cherries, blackberries, plum and cedar. It's a complex, well-crafted wine that should develop in the bottle at least through 2014.

    93 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    A long-time winner when it comes to Merlot, Duckhorn still ranks among the best. Rich, ripe and juicy with plenty of vanillin oak sweetening its way, this well-extracted offering shows off the varietal's supple side and yet sports a fairly firm underpinning of grippy young tannins. While it has just enough frontal richness to allow early drinking with heartier cuts of beef, this wine will show far better if given a chance to develop, and it should be left alone for four or five years.

    93 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    Merlot thrives in the rocky soils of this famed vineyard in southern Calistoga; Duckhorn purchases this fruit from a block that was replanted in 1993 and '94. This 2006 is a sleek, juicy merlot with red fruit flavors of cranberries and cherry wrapped in a plush blanket of new oak. The fruit is tart, with edges of mint, the oak as sweet as caramel, but rather than falling to either extreme, the wine strikes a smooth, clean balance, ready for roast duck.

    91 Points
    Wine & Spirits
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    PhotoBanc (8/26/2013)
    Ordered a bottle while dinning in India with some friends, I cant remember which restaurant It was so Bravo. I remember the wine was paired with some Indian cuisine but I don't know what it was called.
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    Alma Leon Reveles (3/8/2011)
    I finally had chance to try this wine after many years of eyeing it on the site. I was pleased to find that it did indeed live up the reviews (which isn't always so). It had the depth and complexity that one rightly expects from a wine at this price point. It's an extremely good Merlot.

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