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Northstar Winery Columbia Valley Merlot

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(2004 Vintage) Tasting Notes "An elegant wine that opens with bold aromas of raspberry, mint, maple, chocolate, clove, coconut and licorice, it's medium-bodied, dense and muscular with a bold, rich, smoky coffee-mocha finish."-David "Merf" Merfeld Vintage Overview The 2004 growing season got off to a warm start followed by a cooler period during bloom. The hot, dry summer months created uniform berry maturation with intense flavors, good sugar development and high natural acidity. Warm temperatures during the last days of summer produced excellent ripening conditions. read more...Cooler temperatures and intermittent light rain in mid-September slowed ripening and extended hang time. 2004 followed a freeze year resulting in a lighter crop throughout the region. Vineyards Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar's hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley. The Northstar team works closely with each grower to achieve specific fruit quality and yield parameters. Vines are an average of 15 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of cherry and plum with elegant tannins. Fruit from over 8 separate vineyards and 10 different blocks contributed to the blend. Winemaking At harvest, grapes were held separately, destemmed and crushed with 25% whole berries remaining. Grapes were fermented on the skins for five days with daily punch downs to extract flavor, colors and fine tannins. The wine was placed into 70 % French and 30% American oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The barrel rotation included 70% new barrels. The lots aged separately for 18 months with barrel-to-barrel racking occurring at three month intervals. Technical Stats Total Acidity 0.58 g/100 ml pH 3.70 Alcohol 14.5% Blend 76% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot (hide)

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    The early 2000s Northstar are very good wines. Enjoy drinking it every time. Full bodied, very rewarding!

    over 1 year
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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