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Northstar 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

  • 90 points
  • The Wine Advocate - June 30, 2016

A pure, elegant red, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with 22% Merlot) possesses outstanding notes of black currants, damp underbrush, sappy herbs and charred earth in a full-bodied, balanced style. There’s a touch of detracting charred oak (which I doubt will ever truly integrate), but this impressive Cabernet will drink nicely for a decade.

Northstar 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley

  • 91 points
  • The Wine Advocate - June 30, 2016

The deep ruby colored Columbia Valley 2012 Merlot is a full-bodied, elegant, perfumed Merlot that gives up lots of cassis, sweet oak, black cherry and a touch of crushed rock in the hallmark elegant, balanced style of this estate. The tannin is present, yet ripe, and it has enough concentration to keep for a decade or more.

Northstar 2013 Premier Merlot Columbia Valley

  • 93 points
  • The Wine Advocate - June 30, 2016

In contrast to the relatively predictable Columbia Valley Merlot, the 2013 Premier Merlot is a head turner (and at the price, it should be). It possesses beautiful purity and vibrancy, with lots of crème de cassis, sweet oak, and smoked herb aromas and flavors. The wine hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a rich, stacked mid-palate and a layered texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Aged in 50% new French oak, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 10-15 years.

Northstar 2012 Premier Merlot Columbia Valley

  • 93 points
  • The Wine Advocate - June 30, 2016

Another stunner is the 2012 Premier Merlot, which is 100% varietal and spent 22 months in 50% new French oak. Notes of scorched earth, dark chocolate, plums and blackcurrants all flow from this full-bodied, ripe, yet fresh and textured 2012. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will drink nicely over the following decade.

Northstar 2013 Red Blend Walla Walla Valley

  • 92 points
  • The Wine Advocate - June 30, 2016

Another Merlot dominated red is the 2013 Red Blend, which is 63% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 51% new French oak. Its deep ruby color is followed by elegant, pure notes of cassis, black raspberries, violets and graphite, as well as a wine that has medium to full-bodied richness, outstanding balance and a focused, lengthy finish. It should keep for a decade.