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Northstar Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Remarkably good cabernet from a winery that uses it mainly for a blending wine. Deep, flavorful and is likely to age very well. You are lucky if you can find it.

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Northstar Winery:
Combining the art of old world wine-making with new world innovation to create Merlots that can be considered among the world’s best, from one of the world’s most acclaimed Merlot producing regions: Washington State. Washington State is America’s second largest wine-producing region, with over 31,000 vine acres and 600 wineries, 90% of them east of the Cascade Mountain range in the Columbia Va... Read more
Combining the art of old world wine-making with new world innovation to create Merlots that can be considered among the world’s best, from one of the world’s most acclaimed Merlot producing regions: Washington State. Washington State is America’s second largest wine-producing region, with over 31,000 vine acres and 600 wineries, 90% of them east of the Cascade Mountain range in the Columbia Valley of Eastern Washington, a high-plains region in which the Snake, Yakima and Columbia rivers converge. The Columbia Valley encompasses eight American Viticultural Areas: Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, Wahluke Slope, Puget Sound and the Columbia Gorge. In this semi-arid climate, vines are planted on south-facing slopes to enhance sun exposure in the summer and air drainage in winter. The Cascades block the harsh storms coming in from the Pacific Ocean and so, Eastern Washington receives only 6 to 8 inches of rainfall annually. This creates an ideal environment for wine grapes to thrive year after year. The Columbia Valley’s warm, sunny days and extended sunlight hours (17.5 during the summer growing season) help develop intense flavors while its cool nights ensure high levels of acidity in the Merlot grapes. Read less

Member Reviews for Northstar Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: FLeader
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 12/01/2009

Remarkably good cabernet from a winery that uses it mainly for a blending wine. Deep, flavorful and is likely to age very well. You are lucky if you can find it.


Snooth User: aamorgan
15993974
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/05/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: william344
80622165
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/09/2009

Lovely dark blood red! Nice and oak-y.... great nose, particularly on the backend. A little bit of tannins in the the front, but all in all a great wine. Comperable to other good $20-30 bottles in my mind.


External Reviews for Northstar Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage: 2011 10/22/2016

Northstar’s focus on creating world-class Bordeaux-style wines begins in the vineyards, where winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld selects the best of the classic blending varietals to create Northstar’s acclaimed Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Merlots, but he also takes time to produce the finest expressions of each of these single varietals. We are pleased to showcase the unique characteristics of these varietals in extremely limited bottlings each vintage. The 2011 vintage experienced cool temperatures during spring which delayed bud break and bloom by three to four weeks. Consistently warm summer temperatures lengthened the ripening period resulting in harvest starting three weeks later than normal. Without the growing season’s typical temperature spikes that surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit, grapes ripened very evenly with the required sugar levels and ideal physiological maturity. Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar’s hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources. Cabernet Sauvignon from some of our favorite vineyards go into the blend. In 2011, fruit was sourced from outstanding crops at Cold Creek Vineyard and Klipsun Vineyard. Grapes were destemmed, crushed, and inoculated with Premier Cuvee yeast to begin the eight-day fermentation. The must was punched down daily during fermentation, and was then racked into barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Racking occurred every three months for clarity during the 21-month aging in 85% French and 15% American oak – 60% of the barrels were new. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said "Coming from two of the state’s finest vineyards—Cold Creek and Klipsun—this cool-vintage, 100% varietal wine shows an unusual Washington Cabernet profile of blueberry and plum along with herbs and a kiss of vanilla. It’s soft and supple in feel with elegant coffee and blue fruit flavors."


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/12/2014

A project started by Jed Steel back in the mid-90's and now part of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Northstar has gone on to become a benchmark wine from the Columbia Valley. Winemaker David Merfeld works closely with growers to achieve specific fruit quality and yields. With Several 90+ scores the Wine Advocate gave this 92 points saying “Made from 100% Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for 22 months in 75% French oak, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Cabernet with plenty of crème de cassis, black raspberry, graphite, wild flowers and scorched earth aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with silky tannin, solid mid-palate depth and a layered, rich texture, it is already approachable and delivers loads of pleasure; nevertheless, it will evolve gracefully for over a decade. Drink now-2022."



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