95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2009 Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot
With abundant red fruit notes and signature Three Palms minerality, this is a classic expression of the qualities that have made this vineyard legendary in the world of California Merlot.
Varietal Content: 82% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot; Cooperage: 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 100% New
Aromas of cherry, raspberry and red currant are underscored by hints of cola and freshly rained on river rocks. On the palate, the tannins are firm and structured, supporting ample currant and fig flavors, as well as enticing spice. This age-worthy wine will benefit from decanting in its youth.
From our first Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blocks to our final red-varietal Estate picks, our 2009 harvest spanned more than two months. Though the 2009 growing season presented certain challenges-from early shatter to late-season rain-a thoughtful response in the vineyards yielded smaller-than-normal crops of high-quality fruit. This response included aggressive leafing, an early thinning protocol and a heavy field sort to select only the most desirable grapes.
Released: April 2012
Three Palms Vineyard
September 10 – October 27, 2009
0.58 g/100ml Titratable Acidity
18 months in Barrel