Northstar’s commitment to the creation of world-class Merlot from Washington is demonstrated in the creation of Northstar Premier. This extremely limited production wine is sourced from the best vineyards in the region and can be enjoyed now but will age gracefully for many years to come.
Video Tasting Notes
Northstar Winery winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld describes the 2010 Washington State, Premier Columbia Valley Merlot. WATCH NOW
A cool vintage marked by a mild spring and cool summer, followed by warmer weather during harvest which allowed grapes to ripen to maturity. The cooler weather conditions during the growing season resulted in grapes with optimum ripeness and sugar levels, concentrated flavors, and bright acidity.
Fruit from top vineyard sites was carefully picked and fermented in separate small lots while awaiting selection for inclusion in Northstar Premier. In 2010, Merlot from Beverly Vineyard, Cold Creek Vineyard, and Stone Tree were chosen to meet the expectations of the creation of the blend.