96 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
93 Points & Cellar Selection" -Wine Enthusiast

REVIEWS

 "Duckhorn Merlots from the Three Palms Vineyard have never been sparing in richness or wide-open fruit, and, while this version is long on the variety’s plumpness and charm, it reaches a bit further in terms of creamy complexity as well. Its layered mix of ripe cherries and sweet oak affords plenty of immediate appeal, and, if wonderfully supple, it is beautifully balanced and fit with a fine spine of tannin that provides a nice sense of grip and the potential for age. It is friendly stuff now and will grow with time, and a few years of waiting can be counted upon to make a very good thing even better" -Connoisseurs' Guide 

 "From one of the best known sites for the variety in the Napa Valley, this wine shows classic structure, with an almost dusty quality to the well-integrated and resolved tannins. Concentrated, it shows a density of red fruit that remains in balance with its more rugged minerality, remaining soft on the palate throughout. Drink now through 2025. -Wine Enthusiast 

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Merlot
  • APPELLATION
    Calistoga, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • BLEND
    89% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

This is pretty much as good as it gets! A classic expression of Three Palms Vineyard, with vibrant red fruit bursting through on the entry, followed by layers of licorice, wet stone and earth that reveal themselves on the mid-palate. Though the tannins are prominent, adding gravitas to this iconic Merlot, there is a lovely refinement to them that beautifully accentuates the flavors of blueberry, warm spice cake and Santa Rosa plum.

Inside Fact: Within the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.


The legendary Tra Vigne Restaurant in Napa Valley closed its doors this past December 2015. For nearlthree decades , the restaurant was a staple of the Napa Valley culinary scene. Fortunate for us and our clients, we were granted inside access to their wine cellar and purchased the whole lot.

Provenance couldn't better with all the selections sourced direct from the wineries themselves or from trusted Bay Area distributors and brokers. All bottles were stored under ideal cellar conditions at Tra vigne. They are now being stored at our temperature control facility .y 

*As with all aged wines, over 5 years, our 'Palate Guarantee' does not apply. Wines are final sales.

TASTING NOTES 

Due to the limited quantities and large number of items, the vast majority of these wines were not tasted by the invino sourcing team.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction.

One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.