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.
2014 in Walla Walla was one of the warmest seasons in decades. The ripening period in September cooled to more typical weather for the region. In October temperatures rose again to one of the warmest October months on record. Overall 2014 was an ideal growing season; ripening was excellent for all varieties in all locations.
Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Walla Walla Valley are Northstar’s hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources. Cabernet Sauvignon from some of our favorite vineyards go into the blend. In 2014 fruit was sourced from two outstanding vineyards in the Walla Walla area, Anna Marie and Loess.