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 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington. Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region.
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. Merlot was chosen from Anna Marie, Spring Valley, and Mike Andrews. Cold Creek provided Cabernet Sauvignon and Williams added Syrah.