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.
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.
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. And a splash of Cabernet Franc was added from Minnick Hill’s. The fruit provides concentrated flavors, structure and complexity to the blend.