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2014 Northstar Merlot "Columbia Valley"

Northstar 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot

Winery: Northstar

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Columbia Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 76% Merlot & 24% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $41

Cases produced: 11,980

KWG Score: 91.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: September 2, 2018

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Merlot from Washington State opens with a fragrant black cherry and red licorice bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and juicy. The flavor profile is a black cherry and menthol blend with notes of smoky oak. We also detected hints of tart black plum mixed in as well. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins and a touch of heat linger for quite some time. The Panel would pair this very good Merlot with a homemade meatloaf. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 vintage has rich concentrated aromas of raspberry, plum, mint, cedar, and chocolate that lead into flavors of nutmeg and vanilla. The wine is big and bold and was created to enjoy now, or for many years to come as it will age gracefully. Pair with herbed leg of lamb and grilled vegetables.

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Northstar 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot.

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