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.

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Northstar Merlot 2013
92  Wine Spectator 
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
Item Number: 30421
Case: $191.70

Northstar Merlot 2012
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91  "The deep ruby colored Columbia Valley 2012 Merlot is a full-bodied, elegant, perfumed Merlot that gives up lots of cassis, sweet oak, black cherry and a touch of crushed rock in the hallmark elegant, balanced style of this estate. The tannin is present, yet ripe, and it has

Northstar Merlot 2009
92  Wine Advocate 
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

Northstar Merlot 2008
91  Wine Advocate 
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

Northstar Merlot 2007
92  Wine Advocate 
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.