I've been wanting to try the canonical Merlot: Duckhorn Three Palms. Articles like The Napa Legends Making Iconic Wines You Can Actually Buy and Duckhorn Vineyards And The Unusual Triumph Of Merlot In Napa Valley further convinced me. It also showed up in 15th place as the only Merlot on the 2020 Wine Spectator Top 100 List.
I reviewed a lot of "Best Merlots" lists and found my other two bottles:
- 2017 Sequoia Grove Winery, Best of Class from the 2020 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
- Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Best of Class from the 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the 2015 and had to settle for the 2018.