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Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2008
Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2008
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Region: United States » Washington » Columbia Valley
Producer: Northstar
Alcohol: 14.6%



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A bright, balanced wine with notes of black cherry, spice, and coconut leading to a long, smoky finish. Based on this winemaker's extensive research, this wine pairs well with just about anything but especially grilled steak and lamb.

Wine Enthusiast

This wine gets the all-star treatment, blending fruit from 14 vineyards, and aging it in 60% new French oak. It's a substantial, muscular effort, with dark fruit, earth and tar components. A small addition of Petit Verdot darkens the color and thickens the tannins. There is just a hint of alcoholic burn in the finish.

Score: 91. —Paul Gregutt, December 15, 2011.

Wine Advocate

The 2008 Columbia Valley Merlot offers up aromas of balsam wood, spice box, tobacco, violets, cassis, and blackberry. Savory on the palate, if slightly austere, another 1-2 years of bottle should fill the wine out. It will drink well through 2023.

Score: 91. —Jay Miller, August 2011.

Wine Spectator

Prickly tannins and a tang of acidity play against blackberry and cedary spice flavors in this firm red, which is nicely filled out, finishing with persistence. Drink now through 2015. 9,500 cases made.

Score: 90. —Harvey Steiman, November 30, 2011.

All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
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