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    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2007
    Merlot - Columbia Valley, Washington

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    • WE93
    • RP92
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 Wine Spectator, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Merlot

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 108674

    Winemaker's Notes:

    75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% petit verdot.

    Well balanced with a nose and flavors of raspberry, plum, and cherry, leading into notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice on the palate. Lots of structure and balanced tannins make this a great wine to pair with food. Enjoy!

    Critical Acclaim:

    From a superb year, this wine saw all French oak, but an ongoing reduction in exposure to new barrels brought the percentage down to 60%. Young and muscular, the blend of black fruits, sweet oak and toasty spice is focused and compelling. Pure fruit flavors include black cherry and plum, smooth and concentrated, with a smoky kick in the lingering finish.

    93 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    The 2007 Merlot Columbia Valley was blended from 14 vineyards while the wine was made with 40-60% whole berries depending upon the site. It was aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak. It reveals a nose of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, lavender, cassis, and black currant. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, this impeccably balanced wine is loaded with raspberry, plum, and black fruit flavors, has outstanding density, and a long, fruit-filled finish. Give it another 3 years of cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2022.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Dense and chewy, featuring a sweetness and suppleness that make the earthy cherry and blackberry flavors weave through the tannins, emerging on the long finish with finesse. Best from 2012 through 2016.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Medium red. Aromatic nose combines plum, cherry, cedar, graphite and wild mint. At once dense and juicy, with good balance and freshness to the red fruit and tobacco flavors. This fresh, firmly tannic merlot finishes with very good chewy lift and a whiff of aromatic oils.

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    User Reviews:

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    John Westcott (10/2/2012)
    Mediocre merlot
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    ah_le_bourgogne_cest_mieux (1/28/2012)
    Bought this inspired by other reviewers. This is OK, but very boring. Very American, but in a disappointing sort of way. Very formatted wine. Kind of a bummer. Normally love columbia valley wines. If you only drink this sort of wine, you will end up not liking anything else. Also, like most American wines, this is just totally overpriced. I mean 40 bucks for this. Gimme a break. I can get way nicer French wine in Brooklyn for 15-30 bucks.
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    VA Collector (10/28/2012)

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