2009 Columbia Valley Merlot
Washington: Columbia Valley
Oh, Merlot, you just never seem to get the respect you rightfully deserve. We think that might change a bit after today’s fantastic wine reaches our Operatives.
Hailing from the Columbia Valley in Washington, today’s Northstar Winery 2009 Merlot is a power packed wine that would be right at home in any Cab lover’s cellar. Driven by lovely notes of terroir and lovely structure, rather than fruit, today’s wine makes for an excellent pairing for a wide array of food options.
Looking to win your next dinner party? This 92 Pointer (Wine Enthusiast) is sure to do the trick!
Deep, dark scarlet.
A touch of complexity on the nose, with blackberry and black cherry mingling with dark baking spices, toasted oak, cherry wood, Moroccan olive, and a touch of vanilla bean.
Concentrated and lushly layered flavors of reduced black cherry, boysenberry, and raspberry laid overtop berry bramble, dried fall leaves, espresso bean, the faintest touch of eucalyptus, and hints of baking spices.
Best decanted, this is a more elegant Merlot than the juicy California style of the varietal, driven more by terroir, structure, and fantastic acidity. A delicious and interesting take on the varietal.
A roast leg of lamb, well seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil.
What the Winery Says
- David “Merf” Merfeld
- 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Columbia Valley, Washington
- Fruit Variety
- 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
- 18 months in French and American oak