1993 Duckhorn "Three Palms" Napa Valley Merlot SKU #901497

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Tasting Notes

While many of California's young wineries, especially those in the Napa Valley, chose to focus their energy on Cabernet Sauvignon, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn bucked the trend, devoting a lot of energy to Merlot as a stand-alone wine, not just as a blending grape. Three Palms was Duckhorn's first vineyard-designated Merlot back in 1978, and it has remained an age-worthy classic in their portfolio vintage after vintage. This year's cepage is 77% Merlot, 17% Cabernet franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Though it is ten years old (at the time of this tasting note) it still shows a deep rich ruby color and lively aromas of strawberry, blackberry, plum, and cherry with some cedar, mint, lavender, and bacon notes. The large proportion of Cabernet resulted in a big wine but with well-integrated tannins and lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit. According to the winery, this could easily go another 10-15 years.

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