Northstar’s focus on creating world-class Bordeaux-style Merlot-based wines begins in the vineyards where the best classic blending varietals are selected to create Northstar’s Merlots. We are pleased to showcase the unique characteristics of these varietals in extremely limited bottlings each vintage.
The 2011 vintage experienced cool temperatures during spring which delayed bud break and bloom by three to four weeks. Consistently warm summer temperatures lengthened the ripening period resulting in harvest starting three weeks later than normal. Without the growing season’s typical temperature spikes that surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit, grapes ripened very evenly with the required sugar levels and ideal physiological maturity.
This limited production wine showcases Cabernet Franc, which grows particularly well in the Walla Walla appellation. The Cabernet Franc fruit was sourced from Minnick Hills vineyard with the remaining portion of the blend rounded out with Cabernet Sauvignon from Anna Marie Vineyard.