Northstar’s commitment to the creation of world-class Merlot from Washington is demonstrated in the creation of Northstar Premier. This extremely limited production wine is sourced from the best vineyards in the region and can be enjoyed now but will age gracefully for many years to come.
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.
Fruit from top vineyard sites was carefully picked and fermented in separate small lots while awaiting selection for inclusion in Northstar Premier. In 2012, Merlot from Stone Tree, Cold Creek and Beverly were chosen to meet the expectations of the creation of the blend.