Northstar Winery

(866) 486-7828 1736 J.B. George Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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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 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 Read more »

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  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2007


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    Wine review by Stallion

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  • I generally avoid wine clubs of any sort, even at my favorite wineries--I'm too promiscuous to sign up to drink 12 or 24 botles of someone's wine in a year--but I am a member of Mauritson's Rockpile list, because there's no longer any way to get the Cemetery Zinfandel and good luck getting any of the others, either.  Since I have in-laws up that... Read More

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  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2007


    another great year for Northstar! The 2007 scores better for me than the 2006. Smooth and soft on the palate with lush fruit and good balance. more proof that some Merlots can be every bit as good as a Cabernet! Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2007


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    Wine review by GBaldwin

  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2006


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  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2004


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    Wine review by Psycheotix

  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003


    Big and complex for a Merlot. Washingtion wines have a much different tatste than Napa. This is a nice wine with more thickness than a typical Merlot. Pricey. It's more of a treat than an every day drinking wine. enjoy! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2005


    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! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

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