2014 Premier Merlot

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.

2014 in Eastern Washington 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.

Fruit from top vineyard sites was carefully picked and fermented in separate small lots while awaiting selection for inclusion in Northstar Premier. In 2014, the lots that stood out were from Cold Creek and Four Feathers Vineyards. Merlot from these sites were chosen to meet the expectations of the creation of the wine.