2006 Napa Valley Merlot Three Palms Vineyard
93 points – 2 Puffs
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
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.
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online
Duckhorn's Three Palms Merlot is an iconic Napa Valley red wine that continues to earn its place in the lore of the great wines of the valley. It was among the first California Merlots to capture the imagination of wine connoisseurs and, if anything, the wine is better now that it was in the good old days. The '06 Three Palms is a sleek wine, showing layers ripe black fruits, hints of spice, and extremely fine tannins. Hints of leather and cedar pencil are notable aromatic complexities. This wine is awesome now, but give it a few years in the cellar and it will be even better.
93 points – Cellar Selection
Wine Enthusiast -
An extraordinarily rich, tannic and dry wine, which, despite its big structure is relieved by potent flavors of cherries, blackberries, plums and cedar, with savory touches of anise, sage and black pepper. It's a complex, well-crafted wine that should develop in the bottle at least through 2014.