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Northstar Winery Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Details

Vineyard

Northstar

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2000 Vintage) "Stimson Lane's Merlot-only winery has a winner with this dark, ripe red, notable for its balance and finesse. It's not heavy but fleshy, with coffee and black pepper-scented plum, blueberry and dried currant flavors that echo intensively on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2007." - Wine Spectator 79% Merlot; 21% Cabernet Sauvignon. Power and finesse come to mind when tasting this wine. Big structure with smooth tannins and beautiful oak flavors in the finish. Ripe plum and concentrat...

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Mar-06
  • Wine Advocate
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 154 on Aug-04
  • Wine Spectator
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/04
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast