2017 Duckhorn Vineyards 'Three Palms' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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A deep beauty in the classic Duckhorn tradition, this opens with succulent, jammy fruit and chocolate-covered cherries, followed by graphite, thyme and fig. Firm tannins and vibrant acidity indicate strong age-worthiness in this ever-evolving, intriguing delight.

As Duckhorn Vineyards approaches their 40th anniversary, the estate’s reputation has never been better. Ask any wine lover, and they’re sure to know the name Duckhorn. That’s at least due, in part, to their dedication to making great Merlot as a stand-out varietal wine from the beginning. They were the first house to take Merlot seriously, and their efforts were rewarded by essentially becoming the benchmark for that varietal in California. If there was going to be one high-end Merlot on a sommelier’s wine list, more often than not, it was Duckhorn. Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded Duckhorn Vineyards in 1978 with several hundred cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and have long been recognized as one of Napa Valleys’ leading lights as a premier producer of Bordeaux varietal wines. Explore other brands from the Duckhorn Family including Paraduxx and Goldeneye

Cabernet Sauvignon
18 months
Oak Treatment:
100% French Oak, 80% new
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Wine & Spirits

While Three Palms has historically been tied to its legendary merlot, the rocky vineyard on Calistoga's valley floor also has provided some exceptional cabernets, particulary since 2015, when Duckhorn added the vineyard to its estate. This is a pretty glorious 2017, open and racy, a wine with length and finesse to its violet and blueberry scents. Tannins structure the wine while feeding completely integrated into the fruit, suggesting a long life ahead.