Northstar’s focus on creating world-class Bordeaux-style 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 2016 vintage of our limited production 100% Syrah sourced from Anna Marie Vineyard. Anna Marie Vineyard is located in The Rocks District of the Walla Walla Valley. This site provides fruit with intense concentration and fullness.