2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot

2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot

Appellation
Napa Valley

Type
Red
Varietal
Merlot
Robert Parker
96
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Our first vineyard-designated Merlot from Three Palms was our inaugural 1978 vintage, beginning over a quarter century of tradition crafting full-bodied wines that reflect the unique terroir of this site.

Wine Profile
Awards
93 points – 2 Puffs Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines 09/01/2010 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.
Production Notes
Varietal Content 75% Merlot 13% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 100% New
Winemaker Notes
A hot site with free-draining soils, Three Palms consistently delivers focused red fruit flavors balanced by an austere minerality, which contributes to elegant aging potential. The 2006 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot delivers all the vibrant fruit one would expect, with layers of red currant, raspberry and black cherry underscored by elements of piecrust, strawberry, caramel and wet stone. The tannins are dry and elegant, leading to a long, jammy finish.
Production
The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer with a mid-July heat spike that accelerated ripening. Mild temperatures continued throughout the fall allowing for a moderately paced harvest. The long growing season brought complex and intense flavor and aroma development.
Other Notes
Released: April 2009
Wine Specs
Vintage
2006
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Three Palms Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 14 – October 31, 2006
Sugar
26.8° Brix
Acid
Titratable Acidity: 0.63 g/100ml
PH
3.49
Aging
18 Months
Bottling Date
July 2008
Alcohol %
14.5%
Robert Parker
96
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