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.
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.
Use of fruit from a diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are among Northstar’s hallmarks. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah 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 four different vineyard sites contributed to the 2014 blend. Anna Marie and Spring Valley vineyards provided the Merlot fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from Loess vineyard. Anna Marie vineyards provided the Syrah.