2006 NORTHSTAR Winery Merlot
Columbia Valley ~ Washington



Explore the timeless elegance of the 2006 NORTHSTAR Winery Merlot from the Columbia Valley. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of dark fruits, subtle spice, and velvety tannins. This is a journey into the heart of Washington’s terroir. Secure your bottles now and experience the sophistication of a Merlot that has gracefully matured over the years. Indulge in the nuances of this exceptional vintage, crafted with precision and reflecting the distinctive character of the Columbia Valley.
Volume: 750 ML | 14.5% ABV

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Connoisseurs to California Wine – 93 Points

Built with the same oaky richness and similar ripe and outgoing fruit characteristics as its vintage mate, this wine is at once a bit beamier on the palate and slightly more developed in its display of engaging fruit. The choice between these two is not so much about “better” but about slightly readier to drink today versus slightly more likely to have a long lifeline. And there is no penalty in trying them both. Inner quote mark Sep/2010 —cgcw.com

Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points

Northstar’s Columbia Valley Merlot nicely captures the silky finesse of the vintage. Velvety, deep and rich, it’s loaded with toast, licorice and chocolate, along with plenty of ripe red and black fruits. It’s three quarters Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a splash of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Dec/2009 —Paul Gregutt

Wine Advocate – 91 Points

The 2006 Merlot Columbia Valley is composed of 76% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It was aged in French and American oak, 65% new, for 18 months. The fruit was sourced from 14 different vineyards making the wine a testament to the art of blending. Dark crimson-colored, it displays an alluring bouquet of cigar box, sage, clove, cinnamon, black cherry, and a hint of chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, round and elegant on the palate, it has solid depth and enough ripe tannin to support 2-3 years of additional cellaring. Drink this intensely flavored effort from 2011 to 2021. Oct/2009 —Jay S Miller


The 2006 NORTHSTAR Winery Merlot from the Columbia Valley is a profound expression of the varietal and the region’s distinctive terroir. This vintage reveals a deep, garnet color in the glass, offering a glimpse into its maturity. On the nose, the wine unfolds with a complex bouquet featuring layers of dark fruit, black cherry, plum, and subtle hints of cocoa and spice.

The palate is a showcase of balance and refinement, with velvety tannins providing a structured foundation. Flavors of ripe berries and black fruits mingle seamlessly, complemented by nuances of cedar, tobacco, and a touch of vanilla. The wine’s maturity is evident in its integrated oak and a lingering finish that invites contemplation.

This Merlot reflects the meticulous craftsmanship of NORTHSTAR Winery and the unique characteristics of the Columbia Valley. The region’s diverse microclimates contribute to the wine’s complexity, while the winery’s commitment to quality shines through in every sip. The 2006 vintage stands as a testament to the aging potential of Columbia Valley Merlot, capturing a moment in time that unfolds elegantly with each pour.

Founded in 1994, Northstar Winery has solidified its position as a vanguard of premium winemaking in Washington State’s Columbia Valley. The winery’s story unfolds in the heart of Walla Walla, where visionary founders created a space dedicated to crafting world-class Merlot and Bordeaux-style blends.

Northstar’s commitment to excellence is rooted in the belief that Merlot, often overshadowed, could shine brilliantly in the region’s unique terroir. Led by winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld, Northstar harnessed the diverse microclimates and soil types of Columbia Valley to produce wines of exceptional character and complexity.

The winery’s flagship wine, the Northstar Merlot, quickly garnered acclaim for its elegance and structure. The belief in the potential of Washington Merlot was further affirmed with the creation of the “Premier Merlot” program, focusing on small-lot, single-vineyard expressions.

Northstar Winery’s meticulous winemaking approach extends to its use of innovative techniques, such as blending lots before fermentation to enhance integration. This commitment to quality and innovation has established Northstar as a trailblazer in the industry.

Through the years, Northstar Winery has continued to evolve, producing not only Merlot but also distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux-style varietals. The winery’s dedication to crafting wines that reflect the region’s terroir and showcase the potential of each varietal underscores its enduring legacy as a Washington wine icon.

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