Stella Blanca is the white wine partner to the Stella Maris red blend. This Semillon is bright, fresh and crisp.
Video Tasting Notes
Winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld describes the 2011 Stella Blanca Semillon. WATCH NOW
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° F, grapes ripened very evenly with the required sugar levels and ideal physiological maturity.
Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar’s hallmarks. Fruit is chosen from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley. The Northstar team works closely with each grower to achieve specific fruit quality and yield parameters. The Semillon comes from the oldest block at Vineyard 10 (1978) in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. This year’s 2011 Stella Blanca introduces Moscadelle du Bordelais into the blend. The Moscadelle du Bordelais is an extremely rare varietal for Washington State. This Moscadelle comes from our registered mother block at Canoe Ridge, with a small amount coming from the research block at Vineyard 10.