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Northstar Premier Merlot Columbia Valley

2016 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.

The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer. A cooler than normal end of the ripening season allowed the wines to have ripeness, yet maintain freshness and elegance. The early dry and warm spring, combined with cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15). Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity.

Fruit from top vineyard sites are carefully picked and fermented in separate small lots. In 2016, the lot that stood out was from Four Feathers Vineyards. The Merlot fruit from this site was chosen to meet the high quality expectation of Northstar Premier.