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.
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.
The fruit for this blend is sourced 100% from Walla Walla’s best vineyard sites. Merlot for the blend was sourced from Anna Marie and Spring Valley Vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Loess and Anna Marie. Finally, the blend was rounded out with Cabernet Franc from Minnick Hills. The fruit provides concentrated flavors, structure and complexity to the blend.