Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2005

$34.96

SKU 1879

750ml

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This rich wine is concentrated and yet elegant, with aromas of cherry, plum, raspberry, and blackberry, finishing off with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, coconut, mint, and toffee. Enjoy and celebrate!
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Columbia Valley
Brand Northstar
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThe Columbia Valley designated Merlot from Northstar accounts for six times as many cases as its Walla Walla Merlot, yet in quality terms it sometimes equals or even surpasses the pricier bottling. The 2005 vintage was stellar, and this lovely wine is bursting with fruit-raspberry, blackberry, plum and more. Spicy aromas and flavors wrap around chocolaty tannins; there are exotic hints of curry and plenty of toast.

Paul Gregutt, June 1, 2009
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorSoft and open-textured, with a meaty edge to the cherry and spice flavors. Stays light on its feet through the mild tannins on the finish. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2011

Harvey Steiman, June 30, 2009
  • wa88

Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Merlot Columbia Valley contains 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in 70% new French and American oak. Opaque purple, it offers up an expressive nose of smoky black cherry and black currant aromas, spice box, and mineral. It has a firm, tannic entry which is a mild cause for concern. The wine has good flavors and plenty of depth but there is tannin in the finish which blunts the fruit. It may evolve and round out but that is a gamble.

Jay Miller