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 2013 growing season was warm and consistent throughout, perfect for the vines to ripen. Harvest started early in mid-August and extended into early November as fall brought cooler temperatures. The long, warm 2013 growing season resulted in beautifully ripe and balanced wines.
Use of fruit from a diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are among Northstar’s hallmarks. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec were sourced from the best vineyard sites within the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley. Fruit from these vines provide the complexity of this red blend. Fruit from six different vineyard sites contributed to the 2013 blend. Anna Marie and Four Feathers vineyards provided the Merlot fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from Anna Maria and Williams vineyards. Northstar Estate and Anna Marie vineyards provided the Malbec.