Northstar’s focus on creating world-class Bordeaux-style wines begins in the vineyards, where winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld selects the best of the classic blending varietals to create Northstar’s acclaimed Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Merlots, but he also takes time to produce the finest expressions of each these single varietals. We are pleased to showcase the unique characteristics of these varietals in extremely limited bottlings each vintage.
The 2012 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 and resulted in harvest starting three weeks later than normal. Without the typical 100-degree Fahrenheit temperature spikes during the growing season, the grapes ripened very evenly with the required sugar levels and ideal physiological maturity.
This limited production 100% Petit Verdot was sourced from Stone Tree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and Shaw Vineyard on Red Mountain.