2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Three Palms Vineyard
One of California’s legendary vineyards, Three Palms is revered for its history and its benchmark wines. We have been proud to craft a vineyard-designated Merlot from this property since our inaugural vintage in 1978. Throughout the years, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Three Palms has always played an integral role in the final blend, adding richness and depth. With aromas of cinnamon and clove, and dark cherry and black raspberry flavors, this wine showcases the power and purity of Three Palms Cabernet Sauvignon.
Varietal Content: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec; Cooperage: 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 100% New
While Three Palms is rightfully legendary for its Merlot, this wine shines a spotlight on the profound quality and character of its Cabernet Sauvignon. From its layered aromas of mahogany, marionberry, garam masala and flint to its flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, wet stone and anise, this is a fascinating wine, with a rich, fleshy mid-palate and a long thought-provoking finish.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.
One of the most, if not the most, profound expressions of Cabernet at its finest ever made in 2012. We have experienced many exotic and intensely expressive wines from many of NAPA top end wineries and this particular wine from Duckhorn/Three Palms is just plain "jaw dropping". Licorice, blackberry, coco....amazing and powerful.....Frank and Sandy