Northstar

Premier Columbia Valley Merlot

9.347 ratings
9.39 pro ratings
Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.3

I love this Washington Merlot. It’s distinctly different from California versions. This is Northstar’s high end offering. They are based in Walla Walla often thought of as the top area for Merlot in Eastern Washington but this carries the Columbia Valley designation. I just find that odd but there’s nothing odd about this wine... at all. It carries the rich texture and density of a great wine with a nice level of acidity and structure to hold it steady. Worthy of its hefty price.

I love this Washington Merlot. It’s distinctly different from California versions. This is Northstar’s high end offering. They are based in Walla Walla often thought of as the top area for Merlot in Eastern Washington but this carries the Columbia Valley designation. I just find that odd but there’s nothing odd about this wine... at all. It carries the rich texture and density of a great wine with a nice level of acidity and structure to hold it steady. Worthy of its hefty price.

Dec 18th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

100% Merlot from the Four Feathers Vineyard. The fruits are candied & perfumed on the nose. Blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, plum, black plum, black raspberries, black licorice, tarry notes, light spice, baking spices, violets and dark fresh florals. The palate has velvety M+ tannins & body, violet infused fruits that match the nose but add strawberries. Dry stones, crushed rocks, light pepper, spices that lift and intensify off the palate, cola and fresh purple florals. The acidity is well done. The finish is rich, elegant and showcases a lot of spice. Photos of, the estate building, Merlot grapes that will apparently finish veraison by the first week of September! Mmmm? Last, their visitor tasting patio. Northstar is a premium Walla Walla producer owned by Chateau Ste. Michelle

100% Merlot from the Four Feathers Vineyard. The fruits are candied & perfumed on the nose. Blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, plum, black plum, black raspberries, black licorice, tarry notes, light spice, baking spices, violets and dark fresh florals. The palate has velvety M+ tannins & body, violet infused fruits that match the nose but add strawberries. Dry stones, crushed rocks, light pepper, spices that lift and intensify off the palate, cola and fresh purple florals. The acidity is well done. The finish is rich, elegant and showcases a lot of spice. Photos of, the estate building, Merlot grapes that will apparently finish veraison by the first week of September! Mmmm? Last, their visitor tasting patio. Northstar is a premium Walla Walla producer owned by Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 12th, 2017
Paul Weil

A rich dark thick 100% Yakima valley Merlot, this wine is suffused with chewy mocha tannins, with an almost bread-like quality to the mouthfeel.

A rich dark thick 100% Yakima valley Merlot, this wine is suffused with chewy mocha tannins, with an almost bread-like quality to the mouthfeel.

Jan 1st, 2017
Boxer Briefs

Merlot defined. It's classic. Every time I drink this wine I wish I had a huge vertical. Green olive, red and black fruit, pyrazine'y edge. Tasting room is gorgeous

Merlot defined. It's classic. Every time I drink this wine I wish I had a huge vertical. Green olive, red and black fruit, pyrazine'y edge. Tasting room is gorgeous

May 6th, 2016
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Yum. Worth it. Nuff said.

Yum. Worth it. Nuff said.

Jan 2nd, 2021
Will Bean

Absolutely stunning. Best wine I’ve ever tried from Northstar. Has many years ahead of it.

Absolutely stunning. Best wine I’ve ever tried from Northstar. Has many years ahead of it.

May 12th, 2020
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Lovely lovely Merlot. It just continues to get better as it sat out and warmed up. One of the better Merlots in WA.

Lovely lovely Merlot. It just continues to get better as it sat out and warmed up. One of the better Merlots in WA.

Nov 23rd, 2019
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Wow. Incredibly impressed with how this aged. So much fruit left on this still with even a little spice on the back palate. Worth the money. Could even still hold this for a bit longer.

Wow. Incredibly impressed with how this aged. So much fruit left on this still with even a little spice on the back palate. Worth the money. Could even still hold this for a bit longer.

Jun 26th, 2019
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Actually surprisingly good. It was wise to let this one age. The fruit has really smoothed out on this one. Impressed.

Actually surprisingly good. It was wise to let this one age. The fruit has really smoothed out on this one. Impressed.

Mar 2nd, 2019
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Tasting so good right now! Glad I still have a few bottles left.

Tasting so good right now! Glad I still have a few bottles left.

Dec 26th, 2017