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 vintage 2012 had close to perfect growing conditions. Spring was relatively wet and cool, but bloom came in early June. Afterward there were about 90 days of warm temperatures and no rain to ensure growth and vine development. The nights during this period were also relatively cool in our high elevated vineyards. In September and October the area experienced a perfect Indian summer which allowed maximum hang time for fruit ripening and flavor development.
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 Williams, and Syrah from Anna Marie.