Northstar Stella Maris
A soft and silky wine with vanilla and rich dark chocolate, coconut, raspberry and cherry, and green olive with long smoke finish. A versatile wine that can be enjoyed with everything from pizza to prime rib.
$45.00 / Bottle $540.00 / Case
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.
Stella Maris is Latin for Star of the Sea. With the lots that don’t make their Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Merlots, their winemaker follows the Bordeaux tradition of making a ‘declassified’ wine, and creates Stella Maris. Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar’s hallmarks. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot were sourced from the best vineyard sites within the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley. Vines range from 5-20 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors. Fruit from 6 different vineyard sites and 15 individual lots contributed to the blend. Northstar Estate, Windrow, Minnick Hills, and Horse Heaven Vineyard provided Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from Windrow, Horse Heaven, Shaw, Northstar, and Anna Marie vineyards. Anna Marie and Minnick Hills vineyards provided Syrah. Petit Verdot was sourced from Northstar Estate vineyard.
Stella Maris is made from a blend of 29% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.