Duckhorn Wine Companionship has bought the prized Three Palms Vineyard in Napa Valley after 37 years of building acclaimed Merlot using its fruit.
Recounting the 33 hectare site as ‘North America’s greatest Merlot vineyard’ and ‘the crown jewel of our estate programme’, Duckhorn said it had bought the vineyard from Sloan and John Upton for an undisclosed fee.The companionship has been purchasing all of the vineyard’s grapes since 2011 and has pledged to continue to use the fruit exclusively in Duckhorn Vineyards wines.‘This is a very special day for us,’ said Duckhorn founder and chairman Dan Duckhorn. ‘We have championed the remarkable character and quality of Merlot from Three Palms Vineyard since our debut vintage.'Duckhorn launched its first Three Palms Merlot in 1978 at $12.5 per bottle. It has sold recent vintages for around $100-a-bottle. Three Palms is known for its sparse loam soils – vines have been known to
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