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2010 Northstar Merlot "Walla Walla"

Winery: Northstar

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Walla Walla"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & 4% Petit Verdot

Region: Walla Walla Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 1,200

KWG Score: 93.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: November 6, 2014

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Merlot from Walla Walla opens with a mild blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very easy to enjoy. The flavor profile is a tasty mild blueberry with notes of milk chocolate in the background. I also detected a hint of licorice and minerality as well. The finish is dry and its well managed mild tannins drift away nicely. This Merlot is drinking superbly now. I would pair it with a filet mignon in the near term. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Densely layered, lush, and elegant, this limited production Merlot from Walla Walla showcases notes of bright red fruits, vanilla, cherry cola and earthy, dusty spices leading into a long and satisfying finish. An opulent wine to enjoy with hearty fare.

Organic status: not organic

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