Stella Maris is Latin for Star of the Sea. With the lots that don’t make our Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Merlots, our winemaker follows the Bordeaux tradition of making a ‘declassified’ wine, and creates Stella Maris.
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.
Use of fruit from a diverse vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are among Northstar's hallmarks. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc were sourced from the best vineyard sites within the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley. Fruit from these vines provide this wine with its concentrated varietal flavors. Fruit from six different vineyard sites contributed to the 2012 blend. Anna Marie and Mike Andrews vineyards provided the Merlot fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from Williams and Mattawa vineyards. Anna Marie and Williams vineyards provided the Syrah. Finally, Cabernet Franc from Minnick Hills and Spring Valley vineyards rounded out this blend.