Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2005

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Tasting Notes This rich wine is concentrated and yet elegant, with aromas of cherry, plum, raspberry, and blackberry, finishing off with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, coconut, mint, and toffee. Enjoy and celebrate! David Merf Merfeld, WinemakerVintage Overview Warm summer months and a cool autumn yielded a record harvest for 2005. The growing season began with moderate winter temperatures, followed by a long and warm summer which allowed prolonged hang-time and resulted in fruit with deep, concentrated flavors and intense color.Vineyards Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstars hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley. Winemaker David Merfeld works closely with each grower to achieve specific fruit quality and yield parameters. Vines average 15 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of cherry and plum with elegant tannins. Fruit from over 14 separate vineyards and 18 different blocks contributed to the blend.Winemaking At harvest, grapes were held separately, destemmed and crushed with 25 whole berries remaining. Grapes fermented on the skins for five days with daily punch downs to extract flavor, colors and fine tannins. The wine was placed into French (70%) and American (30%) 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.Ideal Food Pairing Filet mignon, Roast pork loin and Robust cheeses.Technical DataTotal Acidity 0.57g/100mlpH 3.66Alcohol 14.7%Blend 80% merlot, 17% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot

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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
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Member Reviews for Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: jtryka
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3.50 5
11/14/2013

The wine is a nice deep ruby color in the glass. The nose is is a nice combination of leather, cedar and rich black fruit, plum, black cherry and prune with a bit of anise over the top. The taste is very nice, with some dried herbs, mint and a hint of floral notes up front that transitions wonderfully to some rich ripe fruit midpalate, with an almost jammy characteristic beautifully offset with some dusty limestone. The tannins are somewhat mellow yet supportive of a lush, long dry finish that seems to last 30 seconds or more. A very pleasant wine to sip, but also quite food friendly as well. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/11/2005-stella-maris-columbia-valley-red.html


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
08/05/2009

Great depth. The previous descriptions on here are on base. I think the blending gives this a bit more complexity than were it merlot alone. Very tasty!! -Tasted at The Hostile Grape 8/5/09


Snooth User: Stallion
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4.50 5
06/28/2011

Great Merlot from Washington state. Dave Merf Merfield knows what he is doing at Northstar. Rich and deep for a Merlot. The sideways guys are crazy to bash Merlots. This is one of the best! Love the 2005! Cheers!


Snooth User: caseysherfey
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4.50 5
05/09/2009

Cherry, and herbs on the nose. This merlot is rich and supple with enough tannin and acidity to age much longer than Washington wines are known to age. Perfect with a steak or pork with cherry sause.


Snooth User: super13fx
9075132
4.50 5
03/14/2011

Brought me back to Merlots. A very deep rich Merlot that dances on you tongue for a long aftertaste. Please decant this wine and let it open up. You will not be disappointed.


External Reviews for Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis rich wine is concentrated and yet elegant, with aromas of cherry, plum, raspberry, and blackberry, finishing off with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, coconut, mint, and toffee. Enjoy and celebrate!


External Review
03/16/2010

Northstar Merlot 2005 Walla Walla and all other wine from Northstar are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
05/03/2013

The 2005 Merlot Columbia Valley contains 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in 70% new French and American oak. Opaque purple, it offers up an expressive nose of smoky black cherry and black currant aromas, spice box, and mineral. It has a firm, tannic entry which is a mild cause for concern. The wine has good flavors and plenty of depth but there is tannin in the finish which blunts the fruit. It may evolve and round out but that is a gamble.


External Review
05/03/2013

Washington state Merlots are full-bodied and fresh, with concentrated fruit. This wine is soft and supple, and has enticing flavors of blackberries and cherries with a hint of coffee. Balanced and structured, it has a long, luscious finish. Serve with grilled steak, pork or chicken.


External Review
05/03/2013

Sourced from vineyards across the Columbia Valley, Northstar’s ’05 offering exhibits a nose of red berries and toasted coconut. It’s ripe, with plush, New World tannins, a palate rich in bacon fat and chocolate and a walloping oak treatment, lending this Merlot an almost Zinfandel-like structure. Somewhat short on the finish, save for the oaky chewiness. The blend of Merlot (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (17%), and Petit Verdot (3%) was aged 18 months on French and American oak barrels.


External Review
03/16/2010

Northstar Stella Maris Red 2005 and all other wine from Northstar are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
05/03/2013

The Columbia Valley designated Merlot from Northstar accounts for six times as many cases as its Walla Walla Merlot, yet in quality terms it sometimes equals or even surpasses the pricier bottling. The 2005 vintage was stellar, and this lovely wine is bursting with fruit — raspberry, blackberry, plum and more. Spicy aromas and flavors wrap around chocolaty tannins; there are exotic hints of curry and plenty of toast.


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Tasting Notes This rich wine is concentrated and yet elegant, with aromas of cherry, plum, raspberry, and blackberry, finishing off with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, coconut, mint, and toffee. Enjoy and celebrate! David Merf Merfeld, WinemakerVintage Overview Warm summer months and a cool autumn yielded a record harvest for 2005. The growing season began with moderate winter temperatures, followed by a long and warm summer which allowed prolonged hang-time and resulted in fruit with deep, concentrated flavors and intense color.Vineyards Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstars hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley. Winemaker David Merfeld works closely with each grower to achieve specific fruit quality and yield parameters. Vines average 15 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of cherry and plum with elegant tannins. Fruit from over 14 separate vineyards and 18 different blocks contributed to the blend.Winemaking At harvest, grapes were held separately, destemmed and crushed with 25 whole berries remaining. Grapes fermented on the skins for five days with daily punch downs to extract flavor, colors and fine tannins. The wine was placed into French (70%) and American (30%) 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.Ideal Food Pairing Filet mignon, Roast pork loin and Robust cheeses.Technical DataTotal Acidity 0.57g/100mlpH 3.66Alcohol 14.7%Blend 80% merlot, 17% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot

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