Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2004
Tasting Notes "An elegant wine that opens with bold aromas of raspberry, mint, maple, chocolate, clove, coconut and licorice, it's medium-bodied, dense and muscular with a bold, rich, smoky coffee-mocha finish."-David "Merf" Merfeld Vintage Overview The 2004 growing season got off to a warm start followed by a cooler period during bloom. The hot, dry summer months created uniform berry maturation with intense flavors, good sugar development and high natural acidity. Warm temperatures during the last days of summer produced excellent ripening conditions. Cooler temperatures and intermittent light rain in mid-September slowed ripening and extended hang time. 2004 followed a freeze year resulting in a lighter crop throughout the region. Vineyards Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar's hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley. The Northstar team works closely with each grower to achieve specific fruit quality and yield parameters. Vines are an average of 15 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of cherry and plum with elegant tannins. Fruit from over 8 separate vineyards and 10 different blocks contributed to the blend. Winemaking At harvest, grapes were held separately, destemmed and crushed with 25% whole berries remaining. Grapes were fermented on the skins for five days with daily punch downs to extract flavor, colors and fine tannins. The wine was placed into 70 % French and 30% American oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The barrel rotation included 70% new barrels. The lots aged separately for 18 months with barrel-to-barrel racking occurring at three month intervals. Technical Stats Total Acidity 0.58 g/100 ml pH 3.70 Alcohol 14.5% Blend 76% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
This tasted exactly like the 2004 Indian Wells Cabernet from Washington State. The Petit Verdot gives this wine a nice roundness. I think that the price point is a little high. I got it for $19.99 but it's a $30 bottle. I would not pay $30 for it.
Best Merlot that I have ever had and at an attractive price to boot!
Just take a big sip and let it roll around in your mouth. I just keeps going.
KILLER wine. Over the top, much bigger on the palate than your typical merlot but still maintains the core varietal strengths. Worth picking up a few, while it is great now this win should hold for at least 5 years.
Love it! Very rich!
One of the best wines I have tasted...
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