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.
The fruit for this blend comes from a handful of highly select vineyards in Walla Walla Valley. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah for this blend are sourced from Anna Marie Vineyard, which provides flavor, structure and complexity to the blend. The Cabernet Franc is sourced from Minnick Hills and Stone Tree Vineyard Petit Verdot rounds out the blend.