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 2012 vintage was a return to the “classic” Washington growing conditions and a much welcomed change from the cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages. Bud break started slightly earlier than normal but cooler temperatures through the early summer delayed veraison slightly. A warming trend began in late July and dry conditions through mid-October were ideal for fruit ripening.
This limited production Malbec was predominantly sourced from the Spring Valley Vineyard and Northstar Estate Vineyard. An addition of Merlot from Anna Marie Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon from Williams Vineyard rounded out this blend.