Wine Advocate 91
"The 2008 Columbia Valley Merlot offers up aromas of balsam wood, spice box, tobacco, violets, cassis, and blackberry. Savory on the palate, if slightly austere, another 1-2 years of bottle should fill the wine out. It will drink well through 2023."
Wine Enthusiast 91
"This wine gets the all-star treatment, blending fruit from 14 vineyards, and aging it in 60% new French oak. It’s a substantial, muscular effort, with dark fruit, earth and tar components. A small addition of Petit Verdot darkens the color and thickens the tannins. There is just a hint of alcoholic burn in the finish." - PG
Wine Spectator 90
"Prickly tannins and a tang of acidity play against blackberry and cedary spice flavors in this firm red, which is nicely filled out, finishing with persistence. Drink now through 2015." - HS
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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.