The ripe vintages of the mid-‘80s were followed by the difficulties at the end of the decade, but Duckhorn, like so many in California, entered the 1990s ready to make riper, softer, richer wines, and this vintage, with its succulent, forward fruit was the perfect foil for the new winemaking recipe. This wine, despite a bit of earthy funk in the nose, is still full of ripe, deep and convincing fruit, and it seems destined to live to be one of the best of the Three Palms series.
Dense, meaty and leathery, with a tart edge to the earthy currant flavors. Turns chewy and tannic on the finish, but it's typical of this vineyard in its austerity. Will require patience; best after 1997. (JL)
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