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Northstar Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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750ML / 14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of toffee and vanilla lead into a palate rich with cherry, plum, and dark chocolate flavors. The wine has a full mid-palate and a rich finish of raspberry and toasted coconut. This lush, rich wine is ready to enjoy now, but will age gracefully for years to come.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Firm and focused, with forest floor accents around dense cherry and coffee flavors, gaining momentum against fine tannins as the finish persists. Best from 2018 through 2023.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Cocoa, coffee, baking spice, vanilla and cherry aromas are followed by a reserved palate, full of chocolate and cherry flavors. Coffee notes persist on the finish.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A pure, elegant red, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with 22% Merlot) possesses outstanding notes of black currants, damp underbrush, sappy herbs and charred earth in a full-bodied, balanced style. There’s a touch of detracting charred oak (which I doubt will ever truly integrate), but this impressive Cabernet will drink nicely for a decade.
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Northstar, Washington
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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 produces two Merlot-based wines from the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla AVAs, as well as the Stella Maris red blend and extremely limited production bottlings of the blending component varieties that Merf uses as his "spice box" in creating Northstar's Merlots.

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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