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Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2008

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

Price: $42.99
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The 2009 vintage is available for: $39.99
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Item No. 114976
  • WE91
  • RP91
  • WS90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Blend: 78% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

"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."
91 Points

"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."
91 Points

"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."
90 Points

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laurenmcgarry - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(11/28/2012)
awesome wine!! bright acidity and well balanced. surprisingly good for a washington merlot. Definitely would highly recommend
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Thomas H. - Houston, TX (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(4/15/2013)
Style: Light & Fruity
This is one of our favorites to drink with or without food. Very light and just enough sweetness. Perfect! Will keep ordering until it's out of stock!
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Rating:
(3/8/2013)
Style: Smooth & Supple
I've had many bottles of this vintage -- it is yummy and has become my go-to wine with just about any meal (although now that it's not on sale anymore, it's on the expensive side for its value). It is a lovely deep red color, vibrant nutty smokey nose, rich and juicy palate, and long mellow finish.
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CARLA14 - Hayward, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(11/28/2012)
Nicely balanced.
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Rating:
(11/28/2012)
Very smoky and acidic perfect pair for steak, will definitely purchase again!
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Rob430 - Bothell, WA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(10/1/2012)
Style: Big & Bold
Love this wine, love this winery.
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Northstar, located in Walla Walla, Washington, aims to make Merlots that can be considered among the world's best, using fruit sourced from one of the world's best regions for the variety: Washington state. Winemaker, David Merf Merfeld, blends New World fruit with an old world winemaking style, influenced by Bordeaux's right bank, to create his highly-acclaimed wines. Northstar...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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