Red

2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard

Merlot

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • msuwright wrote: 90 points

    May 15, 2019 - Two words sum up my thoughts on this wine. The first is "extracted" - the fruit here tends towards plums, prunes, and raisins; whatever kind of ripe and dried fruit you can think of, this wine has it. The second word is "chunky." In addition to the excess of fruit, the oak treatment - like some kind of Pompeian volcanic ash - coats, almost ossifies every aspect of the wine with tastes of cedar, sawdust, and burnt toast. To paraphrase Ramsay, anyone who tells you that this is a subtle wine, hasn't been paying attention.

    Still, it's not all bad. It's not all good - obviously not #1 Wine Of The Year good - but it holds together fine, even if it bursts at the seams a bit. Cherry red in color and full (like Vitamin D milk full) in body, the wine offers a pungent nose of boysenberry, fruit cake, menthol, and baking spices (maybe too many baking spices, like when you accidentally add a tablespoon when the recipe calls for a teaspoon). Tastes of blueberry, smashed raspberry, prune, and tree bark, with a somewhat dry finish. Blend of 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. 14.5% alcohol. Absolutely decant for an hour or two.

    I'm in the pro-oak (and pro-new-oak) side of the wine drinking population (the silent majority, to be sure!), but my complaint about this (and most) Duckhorn reds is that they're just a bit clumsy. There is power and complexity, but there's also wood chips and prunes. It's like the difference between a high school lineman and a pro; both are big and strong and maybe even weigh the same amount, but, when they come off the snap, one moves - and the other dances. This wine just moves - not horribly, but nowhere near ready for the big leagues.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • DrBad Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 6, 2019 - Silky smooth with rich plum sauce, dark cherries and a 30 second finish. Excellent. Decanted for about 3 hours

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Tom Warden Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 11, 2018 - Rich, smooth, sublime.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • MC2 Wines wrote:

    October 20, 2018 - Wine Spectator newbies; 10/18/2018-10/20/2018 (Marriott Marquis): Served a bit on the cool side which has worked well for some other wines this weekend but didn't seem to do this one quite as much justice. Instead gave it a bit of an antiseptic note in addition to the fruit. Released at a really great price for California merlot (of course getting #1 wine of the year made the pricing a bit less great). Overall totally fine, but not really the best wine that we've had this weekend.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cuellar's Cellar Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 12, 2018 - A killer Merlot. Have one more bottle left. Decanted for 2-3 hours. Cheers

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Duckhorn Vineyards
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Three Palms Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 669576018521, 669576020531

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  • Pending Delivery 8 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,779 (83%)
  • Consumed 362 (17%)

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