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Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley, WA 2013

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW/REVIEW:
Washington State’s Columbia Valley AVA is meant for Merlot, and the people of Northstar Winery knew it. Situated on the same latitude as Bordeaux, with a longer growing season and wider diurnal temperature variations, they envisioned that the Columbia Valley would bring forth lushly-textured, beautifully balanced wines made from fruit that had optimal ripeness and acidity. They were right! Under the guidance of consultant Jed Steele and with rock star David “Merf” Merfeld taking the reins as head winemaker, Northstar has become a leader in the production of rich, complex Merlots that convey un unmistakeable sense of place. 

“Merf,” as he is known to all, began his journey towards Northstar in 1990 when, impressed by the quality of the Northwest’s microbreweries, he relocated to Washington to pursue a career in craft brewing. When the opportunity arose to apply his knowledge of fermentation science to making wine at Northstar, he jumped at the chance to become involved in the burgeoning Washington wine industry. He joined the Northstar team in 2001, learning the ropes as an enologist and assistant winemaker before taking the lead in 2005.*

Northstar’s commitment to making Merlots that rank among the world’s best begins in the vineyards. Merf quickly proved to have an expert’s eye for sourcing and blending the highest quality fruit from around the Columbia Valley.*

Once fruit is selected from the state’s top vineyard blocks, Merf and his team guide it through a gentle sorting and whole-berry fermentation. Then the toolbox comes out. State-of-the-art winery equipment, cutting edge tannin research, and old-fashioned instinct all aid Merf in creating the final blends of Northstar’s highly acclaimed Merlots from both the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley designations.*

Today’s wine is a blend of 75% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak. Fragrant, full-bodied and lip-smackingly delicious, it has enticing aromas of black cherry and black raspberry that follow through on the velvety smooth palate. Accents of vanilla, cocoa, herbs, and backing spice add depth and complexity and bring the wine to a long and satisfying finish. 

92 points, Wine Spectator:
“Supple and expressive, plush in texture but not weighty, layering blueberry and currant flavors with hints of cream and green olive. Lingers easily. Best from 2018 through 2023.” (10/15/16)

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Producer Name: Northstar Winery
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Region: Washington State
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Merlot 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23%, Petit Verdot 2%
Vintage: 2013
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: David Merfeld
ABV: 14.7%
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Custom Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork
*winery notes

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