Duckhorn 'Three Palms' Merlot 2018
Duckhorn Vineyards

Duckhorn 'Three Palms' Merlot


Vintage 2018 offered near picture-perfect growing conditions, with mild spring and summer weather, and no significant heat events.

Duckhorn 'Three Palms' Merlot 2018
Ready, but will improve

Expect a big, velvety & powerful wine, chock full of complexity.

The famed Three Palms Vineyard has yielded a fascinating and luxuriously full-bodied Merlot. Aromas of huckleberry, black cherry, chocolate and fig rise from the glass, followed by hints of graphite, graham cracker, bay leaf and sage. On the mouth-watering palate the flavors are intense and complex, with velvety tannins and voluptuous fruit balanced by earthy undertones and Three Palms’ classic minerality, all of which carry the wine to a rich and remarkably long finish. Wine Spectator described the wine as 'Elegantly structured and featuring concentrated cherry tart and raspberry pastry flavors that are loaded with toasty richness. Creamy and spice-filled finish is backed by firm acidity and tannin'

Named for its three iconic palm trees, this warm, up-valley vineyard features lean soils that cause the vines to send their roots deep in search of nutrients, yielding a profoundly intense and age-worthy wine with complex fruit and mineral layers. As a testament to its status as the benchmark for New World Merlot, in 2017, Wine Spectator honored our 2014 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot as “Wine of the Year.”

Blend: 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Malbec

International Ratings:

94/100 Wine Spectator

92/100 Wine Enthusiast

Suggested Decanting time: 2.5 hours

Cellaring Potential: Whilst can already be enjoyed now, this wine will continue to improve till 2035

Food Pairing ideas: A rather versatile wine that will perform at its best with red meats & earthy flavours. Our go-to would duck breast, Venison, Lamb or Beef. however, it can also work with roasted vegetables, mushroom risottos and truffles (oh yes, lovely with truffles)