2020 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Malbec Three Palms Vineyard
Founded by legendary vintners Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards is an iconic Napa Valley winery. One of the world’s most revered vineyards, and the crown jewel of our estate program, we have been honored to craft wines from Three Palms since our inaugural 1978 vintage. From vines planted in 1999, this lush and energetic Malbec offers elegant tannins and evocative layers of raspberry, red plum, sweet spice and minerality.
Beautifully juicy and lustrous, this tantalizing Malbec from the famed Three Palms Vineyard reveals aromas of ripe blackberry, fig jam, red plum and dark chocolate. On the generous palate, lush layers of raspberry and red currant glide across smooth, polished tannins to a long, graceful finish.
In terms of overall weather, most of the 2020 growing season was excellent. Following a relatively dry winter, budbreak started early, and the temperatures throughout spring and summer were mild and temperate. This allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, developing pure, vibrant flavors and supple, fleshy textures. In late September, harvest was impacted by the outbreak of wildfires and the arrival of hot weather. The elevated temperatures gave many vineyards a final push to ripeness as we worked to bring in the grapes. During this period, we did extensive testing to ensure quality, excluding any fruit that did not meet our standards. While our meticulous selection process resulted in a smaller 2020 crop, the wines we produced live up to the Duckhorn name, displaying beautiful aromas, soft elegant textures, lively complexity and lush flavors.
Three Palms Vineyard
0.55 g/100 ml
Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak 65% new, 35% neutral