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Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2006

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91 Points - Wine Spectator Firm in texture with sandy tannins around a ripe core of currant and berry flavors the fruit winning easily on the finish. Needs time but this will be elegant. Best fro

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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

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Snooth User: Stallion
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3.50 5
09/15/2012

Nice. Thicker and more complex than I remember with the 2006. Blackberry and herbal notes come across. A good nose on Berrys and vanilla. Give it an hour to open. Another good Washington Merlot from Northstar.


Snooth User: Jack Monaghan
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4.00 5
09/02/2012

Nose. Strong cedar, violet. With earthy pepper upon aeration. Taste. Pencil Shaving woodiness with blueberry subtlety. Velvety, satin body with soft finish. Low tannin but dry. Perfection and wonderful. Wish I'd bought two cases!


Snooth User: Jdeloza
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4.50 5
09/02/2011

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley

07/05/2011

"Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Built with the same oaky richness and similar ripe and outgoing fruit characteristics as its vintage mate


07/05/2011

"Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Fairly intense in volume and extracted in character with ripe cherries attended by notes of cassis and briar and enriched by creamy oak scents


11/12/2010

Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Built with the same oaky richness and similar ripe and outgoing fruit characteristics as its vintage mate, this wine is at once a bit beamier on the palate and slightly more developed in its display of engaging fruit. The choice between these two is not so much about "better" but about slightly readier to drink today versus slightly more likely to have a long lifeline. And there is no penalty in trying them both.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


11/12/2010

Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Fairly intense in volume and extracted in character with ripe cherries attended by notes of cassis and briar and enriched by creamy oak scents, this supple-textured wine comes with an inviting bit of openness to start before firming up well towards the back. Its focused, fruity flavors pick up a snappy cranberry-like zestiness at the finish and manage to be both ripe and tasty on the one hand and lively and cellarable on the other.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


External Review
07/31/2010

Firm in texture, with sandy tannins around a ripe core of currant and berry flavors, the fruit winning easily on the finish. Needs time, but this will be elegant. Best from 2012 through 2016. 10,000 cases made. -HS Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from Washington in USA. 2006 Northstar Merlot 750ml


External Review
10/06/2010

Dark, jammy aromas of blackberry and plum pervade the nose, along with notes of graphite, toasty oak and a touch of mint. Soft and approachable, the wine glides effortlessly over the palate with lush, fine tannins. With the dark purple fruit offset... Alex Shaw. A Merlot wine from Washington in USA. 2006 Northstar Merlot 750ml


External Review
05/11/2011

WE: 92 Points RP: 91 Points WS: 91 Points ST: 87 Points


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