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 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.
Use of fruit from a diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are among Northstar’s hallmarks. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from the best vineyard sites within the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley. Anna Marie was chosen as the sourcing to create the 2016 Stella Maris. Fruit from these vines provide the complexity of this red wine blend.