Wine Spectator 92
"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."
Wine Enthusiast 90
"Herb, pencil lead, plum and vanilla aromas are followed by smooth, soft blue-fruit flavors. It shows a beautiful sense of balance."
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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.