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Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020

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14.50% /
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Vintage: 2020
  • WS 91
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  • WIL 94
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    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020 is a standout wine that showcases the mastery of Duckhorn Winery and their talented winemaker, Rene Ary. This vineyard-designate Merlot, hailing from the legendary Three Palms Vineyard, is celebrated for its intense and age-worthy characteristics. Known for its three iconic palm trees, this vineyard’s lean soils force the vines to grow deep roots, resulting in a wine that is both profound in flavor and complex in mineral and fruit layers. Since the first vintage in 1978, Duckhorn has crafted this exceptional Merlot, which reached a pinnacle of recognition when the 2014 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot was named “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator in 2017.

    The Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020, with its varietal composition of 98% Merlot and 2% Malbec, is an epic and elegant testament to the winery’s commitment to excellence. Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak, of which 75% is new and 25% is neutral, this wine presents a perfect balance of flavor, complexity, and structure. It features a lively acidity of 0.58 g/100 ml and a pH of 3.70, contributing to its elegant texture and complex flavors, all underpinned by an alcohol content of 14.50%.

    Upon pouring, the wine greets you with a visually stunning color that leads into a mesmerizing array of aromas. Fresh cranberry, huckleberry, and raspberry blend with delicate notes of crushed rose petals and graham crackers, inviting the first sip. The palate unfolds with layers of black fig and cocoa powder, enriched by the lush berry flavors. A sophisticated note of minerality emerges, leading to a long, resonant finish that leaves a memorable impression.

    The 2020 vintage was shaped by a growing season marked by mild and temperate conditions, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and develop pure, vibrant flavors. Despite the challenges posed by wildfires and a late heatwave, Duckhorn’s commitment to quality remained unwavering. Rigorous testing ensured that only the best fruit was used, resulting in a wine that lives up to the Duckhorn name, characterized by beautiful aromas, soft elegant textures, lively complexity, and lush flavors.

    Critical acclaim for the Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020 highlights its distinctive qualities. Awarded 91 points by Wine Spectator, the wine is praised for its structured tension, savory plum, and dried cherry flavors, accented with dusky spices and anise, leading to broad-shouldered tannins. James Suckling also awarded it 91 points, noting its black olives, fresh basil, and lemongrass aromas, with a medium body and juicy center palate that is both savory and delicious. Wilfred Wong gave it 94 points, emphasizing its alluring and classic nature, with dried leather, bright berries, spice, and oaky notes.

    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020 is more than just a bottle of wine; it’s a story of dedication, resilience, and passion. From the meticulous care in the vineyard to the precision in the winery under the guidance of Rene Ary, this wine is a celebration of what makes Three Palms Vineyard so special. Enjoy it with a variety of dishes, from a rosemary and garlic-infused leg of lamb to a simple, elegant cheese board. Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020 is a wine that will continue to impress and delight for years to come, embodying the spirit of Duckhorn Vineyards and the timeless appeal of Three Palms Vineyard.

    30 reviews for Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020

    1. Kimberly Moon

      Just tasted the duckhorn merlot. Wow, the three palms vineyard surely knows how to make a good wine. The dark fruit and black cherry notes are sublime, and the underlying hint of vanilla is just lovely.

    2. Timothy Smith

      Duckhorn vineyards three palm is a winner. The earthy black fruit and pepper flavors are balanced by a hint of sweet raspberry.

    3. Jacqueline Guerrero

      Duckhorn Merlot is a joy. The mocha and cinnamon undertones are a pleasant surprise. It’s a testament to winemaker Renée Ary’s expertise.

    4. James Williams

      The three palms vineyard wine is a masterpiece. It’s earthy with a hint of pepper and licorice, and the undertones of smoke and coffee are a pleasant surprise.

    5. Dianna Davis

      Duckhorn Merlot is a classic. The rich blend of cocoa, coffee, and minerals is a testament to its Napa Valley origins. The taste lingers beautifully.

    6. Joe Alls

      Duckhorn Three Palms is a revelation. The combination of earthy tobacco and smoky oak is captivating. The hint of cassis seals the deal.

    7. Kenneth Heller

      Three plams is an experience. The wine’s bold chocolate and licorice flavors contrast with the subtle hints of red fruit and blueberry.

    8. Paul Ruiz

      Duckhorn vineyards three palm is a wine to savor. Its cherry, blackberry, and cedar notes are delightful. Renée Ary, the winemaker, has truly outdone herself.

    9. Esperanza Garcia

      Three palms vineyard is a treat. The blackcurrant and baking spice flavors are a bold yet sophisticated blend. It’s a rich and intense wine indeed.

    10. Scott Bradshaw

      Got to try the duckhorn vineyards three palm wine and was pleasantly surprised. The rich and intense wine has a captivating blend of blueberry and cedar flavors that’s unexpectedly delightful.

    11. Victoria Messer

      The Duckhorn Merlot is a gem. The blend of tobacco, leather, and black cherry flavors creates a harmonious blend. This is a wine to be cherished.

    12. Michael Brown

      Promised myself a bottle of duckhorn three palms merlot and it was worth every penny. The Napa valley Merlot has a rich mix of blackberry and leather flavors. The red fruit undertone is quite refreshing.

    13. Adrian Hobbins

      Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot is a joy. The creamy vanilla undertones are a delightful contrast to the bold blackberry and cherry flavors.

    14. Ronald Rath

      Three Palms Merlot Duckhorn is a beautifully layered experience. The tobacco and dark fruit flavors are a perfect balance to its earthy leather undertones.

    15. Amber Turcotte

      The duckhorn three palms is a testament to great winemaking. The flavors of cocoa and raspberry are well balanced and the hint of black fruit adds an interesting depth.

    16. Gordon Rose

      The duckhorn three palms Merlot is a wine lover’s dream. The baking spice and mocha flavors are a delightful mix and the hint of cinnamon and clove adds a warming feel.

    17. Donnie Mcknight

      Duckhorn vineyards three palm is a marvel. The strawberry, fig, and dark chocolate blend is an unexpected delight.

    18. Lillie Spencer

      Three palms vineyard Merlot is a treat. The rich blend of leather, tobacco, and raspberry is a testament to the vineyard’s mastery.

    19. Gerald Poole

      Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020 is a Napa Valley Merlot that’s rich and intense. Love the notes of oak, plum, and a hint of vanilla.

    20. Opal Qualls

      The richness of the Napa valley Merlot from duckhorn vineyards three palm is astounding. The flavors of minerals and cassis are beautifully balanced, and the hint of blackcurrant adds a lovely sweetness.

    21. John Bess

      The Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot is a symphony of flavors. Raspberry, black fruit, and a touch of pepper, it’s a wine connoisseur’s dream.

    22. Pete Nevarez

      Duckhorn Merlot is a classic. The combination of black cherry, cocoa, and a hint of clove is simply splendid.

    23. Jerald Franks

      Duckhorn Three Palms, with its peppery undertones and hints of dark fruit, is a testament to the expertise of winemaker Renée Ary.

    24. Katie Saari

      The three palms merlot duckhorn is a work of art. Winemaker Renée Ary has outdone herself. The blend of chocolate and cherry flavors is incredible, and the touch of tobacco adds a unique twist.

    25. Diane Haas

      The three palms vineyard merlot duckhorn is divine. The creamy strawberry flavor with a hint of fig and dark chocolate is a palate pleaser. The touch of anise finishes it off perfectly.

    26. Joanne Combs

      Just had a bottle of Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020 and I’m blown away! The rich and intense wine really hits the spot with a perfect balance of oak and plum flavors.

    27. Marie Fitzsimmons

      The Duckhorn Merlot is decadent. The rich flavors of anise, vanilla, and oak create a harmonious blend. This is a wine to be savored.

    28. Enedina Donelson

      Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot is a standout. Its red cherry and cream flavors are a delight. This wine is a celebration of Napa Valley’s best.

    29. Elizabeth Davis

      Three Palms Merlot Duckhorn is a masterpiece. The blend of rich licorice, smoky oak, and dark fruit flavors is a testament to its Napa Valley roots.

    30. Connie Lamb

      Duckhorn Three Palms is a treasure. The blend of coffee, minerals, and cassis is a perfect balance. It’s a rich and intense wine, indeed.

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    What does Duckhorn Merlot taste like?

    With its smooth tannins and vibrant acidity, this elegantly structured Merlot unfolds luxurious layers of plum, candied black cherry, red licorice, and sweet baking spices. It smoothly transitions to a lush, prolonged finish.

    Where is Duckhorn Merlot made?

    The Duckhorn Portfolio has expanded its holdings in Napa Valley with the acquisition of two esteemed vineyards. This includes a 40-acre tract of the celebrated El Veredicto vineyard in the Los Carneros region and a 10-acre plot named Red Wing within the St. Helena appellation.

    Who owns Three Palms Vineyard?

    Duckhorn Vineyards owns Three Palms Vineyard, having purchased this iconic Napa Valley site in 2015. Duckhorn has been crafting esteemed vineyard-designate Merlot from Three Palms since 1978, underscoring their deep connection and commitment to this legendary vineyard known for its intense and age-worthy wines.

    Critical Acclaim

    WS 91
    Wine Spectator
    Tense with structure, this red slowly reveals itself with savory plum and dried cherry flavors, highlighted by dusky spices and anise as this builds toward broad-shouldered tannins. Best from 2025 through 2031. 4,793 cases made
    JS 91
    James Suckling
    Black olives with some fresh basil and lemongrass aromas that follow through to a medium body with a juicy center palate. Savory and delicious. A little simple this year but well done for the vintage.
    WIL 94
    Wilfred Wong
    The Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot is an iconic wine that always demands attention with its yearly release. The 2020 vintage is alluring, persistent, and classic. TASTING NOTES: This wine excels with aromas and flavors of dried leather, bright berries, spice, and oaky notes. Serve it with an oven-baked, rosemary, and garlic-infused leg of lamb.

    What does Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    green apple

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange, orange peel

    cheese, cream, yeast

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, rhubarb, green bell pepper

    raisin, fig, prune


    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, rose petal

    Food Pairing with Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020

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    Winemaker of Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2020

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