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 2013 vintage was similar to 2012, with close to perfect growing conditions. Spring was relatively wet, with bloom coming early in June. July and August were warm and dry. The nights during August and September were warmer than the previous vintage which resulted in wines with higher pH and very silky tannins.
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for this blend is sourced from one of Walla Walla’s best vineyard sites, Anna Marie Vineyard. The fruit provides concentrated flavors, structure and complexity to the blend. Cabernet Franc from Minnick Hills Vineyard rounds out the blend.