Wine Advocate 92
"The 2007 Merlot Columbia Valley was blended from 14 vineyards while the wine was made with 40-60% whole berries depending upon the site. It was aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak. It reveals a nose of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, lavender, cassis, and black currant. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, this impeccably balanced wine is loaded with raspberry, plum, and black fruit flavors, has outstanding density, and a long, fruit-filled finish. Give it another 3 years of cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2022." ~Jay Miller
Wine Spectator 91
"Dense and chewy, featuring a sweetness and suppleness that make the earthy cherry and blackberry flavors weave through the tannins, emerging on the long finish with finesse. Best from 2012 through 2016. 11,500 cases made." –HS
Stephen Tanzer 90
"Medium red. Aromatic nose combines plum, cherry, cedar, graphite and wild mint. At once dense and juicy, with good balance and freshness to the red fruit and tobacco flavors. This fresh, firmly tannic merlot finishes with very good chewy lift and a whiff of aromatic oils."
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Northstar is dedicated to the production of world class Merlot, showcasing Washington's star grape variety.
From the early days of the Columbia Valley, it has been recognized that Washington Merlot has very special characteristics. The legendary winemaker and mentor André Tchelistcheff used to talk about the absolute clarity of varietal expression that Washington's Merlot grapes have. Northstar was conceived in the early '90's with a singular focus on this varietal. Our winemaker handcrafts our Merlots; the flagship Columbia Valley Merlot showcases the top 1% of Merlot available in the state. The Walla Walla Merlot, often more rounded in its youth, is made in very small quantities and showcases the unique characteristics of Northstar's home, the Walla Walla Valley.