Wine Advocate 92
"The 2009 Merlot Columbia Valley (81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot) is easily the largest production release from this estate, with over 8,000 cases produced. Aged in 95% French and 5% American oak, 57% being new, for 18 months, it offers a beautiful bouquet of black cherry, red currants, underbrush and toast as well as a perfectly balanced, silky and elegant feel in the mouth. Leaning heavily towards to finesse driven side of the spectrum, with silky tannin, medium body and moderate concentration, it will evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade. Drink now-2022."
Wine Wnthusiast 92
"CELLAR SELECTION The vines from which the fruit for this wine were sourced are, on average, 15 years old. Aged primarily in French oak, this concentrated wine shows fine depth, with an emphasis on black cherry and cassis flavors. Full and ripe, this well-structured effort has the balance and polished tannins to be cellared for a decade, at least." —P.G.
Wine Spectator 91
"Firm and peppery, with a strong black pepper note running through the dark berry and currant fruit, all of it persisting in a harmonious package and scratchy tannins that need time to soften. Drink now through 2017. 8,000 cases made." –HS
International Wine Cellar 90
Ruby-red. Suave aromas of cassis, blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate show good lift for the vintage. Fresh and focused, with bright currant, licorice and chocolate flavors perked up by floral and herbal hints. This bottle struck me as fresher and more delineated than the 2008 version, despite the ripeness of the 2009 vintage. Finishes with suave tannins and noteworthy persistence.""
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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.