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2011 Northstar Merlot "Columbia Valley"

Winery: Northstar

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Columbia Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Petit Verdot

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $45

Cases produced: 8,045

KWG Score: 90 (based on 4 reviews)

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

Review date: August 13, 2015

Wine Review: This magenta colored Merlot from Northstar was once again recognized by the panel as a top finisher in our blind tasting. It opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with hints of oak, nutmeg, and craisin. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and super smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild blackberry with notes of plum, cola, and blueberry. We also detected a touch of oak as well. The finish is dry and its mild tannins stick around for a little while. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Washington State Merlot with a ribs or a ribeye Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2011 vintage has rich concentrated aromas of cherry, raspberry and chocolate that lead into flavors of cinnamon and vanilla. It is subtle and soft with a lingering toasted oak finish. This wine was created to enjoy now, or for many years to come as it will age gracefully. Enjoy! Food pairings: Herbed leg of lamb, beef, and grilled vegetables.

Organic status: not organic

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