Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
A tremendous Merlot, Duckhorn’s greatest since the 2005 and one of their best ever, over many years of crafting this wine. Feels soft and smooth and yet dusty and tannic all at once, while the flavors, of red and black cherries, blackberries, licorice, minerals and spices, are vast and succulent. A great Merlot, one of the successes of the vintage. Drink now and over the next six years, for freshness.
93 Points - 2 Puffs
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
Once again taking its accustomed place among the very best Merlots of the vintage, Duckhorn's latest Three Palms bottling is a wonderfully supple and succulent wine that hits each and all of the varietal marks. It is rife with deep, ripe-cherry fruit and it is graced with careful oak and touches of tea, and it achieves the almost velvety feel of great Merlot even while being backed up with deftly placed tannin. It is starting to show a fine sense of layering, and it will do so even more as it matures, for it has the stamina and strength to improve for a decade and last for one more beyond that.