Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2016

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94 points                             New release of Duckhorn's 2016 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot, one of the finest reds in California. Limited. Wine Spectator #1 Wine in the World 2017 (2014 vintage) previous vintage 95 Points Wine Spectator:  "A powerful red, with concentrated flavors of red plum, cherry and boysenberry, layered with plenty of rich spice and mineral accents. Touches of slate and cardamom make for a complex finish. Drink now through 2023." A sumptuous incarnation of Three Palms Vineyard Merlot, this mouth-filling and age-worthy wine displays suppleness, balance and structure, with seamless integration between lush fruit and new French oak. The aroma offers layered elements of fresh baked cherry pie, red licorice, and vanilla bean. On the palate, juicy boysenberry and blackberry layers intermingle with notes of strawberry, cherry, orange rind, and cinnamon spice, accented by earth tones and subtle oak.

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Dr. Owen Bargreen Delectable Pro

The 2016 Duckhorn ‘Three Palms Vineyard’ is another stellar release by the talented Renee Ary. Aged in 100% new French oak for eighteen months, the Merlot has 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec blended in. The nose exudes class with ripe chocolate covered bing cherry and shades of sweet pipe tobacco that mingle with the dusty terroir tones on the nose. The palate is plush, giving an err of decadence. The silky mouthfeel really gives a feel of opulence. Black Forest cake and dark licorice flavors collide with the dusty minerals and cigar box flavors. Simply outstanding in its youth following a one hour decant, this stunning Merlot will cellar well for decades. Drink 2020-2040- 94

The 2016 Duckhorn ‘Three Palms Vineyard’ is another stellar release by the talented Renee Ary. Aged in 100% new French oak for eighteen months, the Merlot has 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec blended in. The nose exudes class with ripe chocolate covered bing cherry and shades of sweet pipe tobacco that mingle with the dusty terroir tones on the nose. The palate is plush, giving an err of decadence. The silky mouthfeel really gives a feel of opulence. Black Forest cake and dark licorice flavors collide with the dusty minerals and cigar box flavors. Simply outstanding in its youth following a one hour decant, this stunning Merlot will cellar well for decades. Drink 2020-2040- 94

9.4

AEL

A classic. Powdered cocoa, a bright almost lemony note, and deep fruit notes. Perfectly balanced on the palate, warm and unctuous. Better, I think, than it showed a year or two ago. In my father's memory (his favorite bottle). Bottle #2 in FL.

A classic. Powdered cocoa, a bright almost lemony note, and deep fruit notes. Perfectly balanced on the palate, warm and unctuous. Better, I think, than it showed a year or two ago. In my father's memory (his favorite bottle). Bottle #2 in FL.

9.1

John W

Dark ruby coloration. On the nose, tart cherry, tobacco, smoke and florals. On the palate, cherry, plum, earth, vanilla and chocolate. Full bodied, great balance, rich, lush mouthfeel. Long finish of chocolate.

Dark ruby coloration. On the nose, tart cherry, tobacco, smoke and florals. On the palate, cherry, plum, earth, vanilla and chocolate. Full bodied, great balance, rich, lush mouthfeel. Long finish of chocolate.

9.6

Dean Bernal Sr.

2016 Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vineyards Merlot for Cab drinkers.

2016 Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vineyards Merlot for Cab drinkers.

9.2

Dean Bernal Sr.

2016 Three Palms Vineyards by Duckhorn. A great Merlot for Cab drinkers. Salut!

2016 Three Palms Vineyards by Duckhorn. A great Merlot for Cab drinkers. Salut!

9.3

Daniel Pho

Vibrant, strong merlot, bark and earthy

Vibrant, strong merlot, bark and earthy

8.0

Eric King

Excellent very fruity bold taste

Excellent very fruity bold taste

9.8

Tom Garland

Happy Halloween! A one hour decant. A striking dark purple color. On the nose: dark cherry, floral, plum, graphite, and vanilla. Taste: plum, strawberry, minerals, a peppery mocha finish with some slightly bitter dry tannins and medium acidity...might need a little time.

Happy Halloween! A one hour decant. A striking dark purple color. On the nose: dark cherry, floral, plum, graphite, and vanilla. Taste: plum, strawberry, minerals, a peppery mocha finish with some slightly bitter dry tannins and medium acidity...might need a little time.

9.0

Michael Szarowicz

Heavy minerality. Not as deep or dark as I wanted. Not the best Duckhorn I’ve had.

Heavy minerality. Not as deep or dark as I wanted. Not the best Duckhorn I’ve had.

9.4

Adriana Fabbro

Iconic and much lauded wine with lots going for it. Enjoyable, but probably a vintage or more too young and/or concentrated/opulent for my tastes so didn’t quite live up to the hype today. More classic Merlot plum character than the Atlas Peak with some of the black fruit notes I’d expect from a Cab. Purpley and plush. Baking spices galore.

Iconic and much lauded wine with lots going for it. Enjoyable, but probably a vintage or more too young and/or concentrated/opulent for my tastes so didn’t quite live up to the hype today. More classic Merlot plum character than the Atlas Peak with some of the black fruit notes I’d expect from a Cab. Purpley and plush. Baking spices galore.

9.2

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