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Northstar Merlot Walla Walla Valley 750ml 2008
Sku: 1803933*
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: United States
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
Reg. 53.99
On Sale $42.99
Buy Northstar Merlot Walla Walla Valley
Wine Advocate 90 points - The Northstar 2008 Merlot Walla Walla - blended with a bit more Petit Verdot and less Cabernet Franc than usual - delivers lightly cooked dark cherry and plum dusted with diverse dried green herbs, smoky Latakia tobacco, nutmeg and cinnamon. Glycerol-rich, expansive, and with admirably fine-grained tannins, it finishes with sappy, vigorous intensity, primary juiciness complemented by piquant, low-toned nuttiness as well as the persistence of herb and spice. This handsome offering strikes me as likely to be worth following for another half-dozen years. (Tasted alongside, a rather rancid component and drying tannins from barrel rendered Northstar’s 2007 Merlot Walla Walla disappointing and, by my lights, wanting to be drunk up soon.) (Mar 2013)

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Wine maker notes
Embodying the very best of the Walla Walla Valley, this Merlot reflects our home appellation’s unique geography and geology.

“Just as the North Star has been used through the ages as a directional guide, Northstar Winery was established in the early 1990s to guide the creation of world-class Merlot-based wines that demonstrate the potential of the variety in Washington State. The region has since been recognized as one of the worlds most exciting and acclaimed regions for Merlot. Washington lies at the same latitude as the Bordeaux region in France, yet has the additional benefit of a longer growing season and cooler nighttime temperatures. These characteristics aid in the even ripening of grapes and the locking in of acidity, resulting in full-bodied yet balanced Merlots. Northstars first vintage was in 1994 and the state-of-the-art winery was built in 2002. In its earliest years, Northstar was guided by celebrated California winemaker Jed Steele, who worked extensively with our current winemaker, David “Merf Merfeld, head Winemaker since 2005. Now leading the way, and with access to the top 2% of Columbia and Walla Walla Valleys finest Merlot grapes, Merf is creating wines of great distinction and acclaim.

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