Northstar

Stella Maris Columbia Valley Merlot Blend

8.988 ratings
8.75 pro ratings
Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.8

On the nose; beautiful florals, blackberries, dark cherries, touch of red fruit cola, strawberries, nutmeg, spice, dry dark soils, well done toast and dry, decayed florals. M+ body & tannins but leans out as it sits on the palate. Muted fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries with notes of blueberries. Mocha powder, spice, dark dry soil, dry stone, dry stems, crushed rocks, good acidity with a decent finish but isn't sustaining. It is approachable young. 48% Merlot, 39% Cabernet and 3% Cabernet.

On the nose; beautiful florals, blackberries, dark cherries, touch of red fruit cola, strawberries, nutmeg, spice, dry dark soils, well done toast and dry, decayed florals. M+ body & tannins but leans out as it sits on the palate. Muted fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries with notes of blueberries. Mocha powder, spice, dark dry soil, dry stone, dry stems, crushed rocks, good acidity with a decent finish but isn't sustaining. It is approachable young. 48% Merlot, 39% Cabernet and 3% Cabernet.

Aug 11th, 2017
Stacey Taplin

Rich plum. Very tasty!

Rich plum. Very tasty!

2 people found it helpfulJul 1st, 2014
Brendan Segraves

Nice. Not very dry.

Nice. Not very dry.

1 person found it helpfulJan 6th, 2014
Christopher Sartors

Deep and dark ruby color. Smoke, vanilla and tobacco on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with dark chocolate, raspberry and dark cherry.

Deep and dark ruby color. Smoke, vanilla and tobacco on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with dark chocolate, raspberry and dark cherry.

Dec 12th, 2015
Daoud Sangwa

Sommelier Whole Foods Market

9.4

This wine blew my mind. It was still good after six days opened with just a cork on my kitchen counter.

This wine blew my mind. It was still good after six days opened with just a cork on my kitchen counter.

Jan 30th, 2015
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Better than I thought it would be. I've always loved the Stella but thought I was opening it a bit early. It's tasting really good now though. Even good the second day.

Better than I thought it would be. I've always loved the Stella but thought I was opening it a bit early. It's tasting really good now though. Even good the second day.

Mar 24th, 2017
Nat Ogura

Plum. Smooth. In the field.

Plum. Smooth. In the field.

Oct 16th, 2016
Joseph Swoboda

Excellent plum and apricot overlay in a light motif wine. Wonderful!

Excellent plum and apricot overlay in a light motif wine. Wonderful!

Sep 2nd, 2016
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Wow does this still have some character to it. Definitely filtered and decanted. Still has a slight punch to it, otherwise very smooth. Nice wine.

Wow does this still have some character to it. Definitely filtered and decanted. Still has a slight punch to it, otherwise very smooth. Nice wine.

Jun 4th, 2016
mb
9.3

a bit past its prime but so tasty. I always love this wine

a bit past its prime but so tasty. I always love this wine

Dec 8th, 2015