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    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2008
    Merlot - Columbia Valley, Washington

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    • WE91
    • RP91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Wine Spectator

    Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Merlot

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 114976

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A bright, balanced wine with notes of black cherry, spice, and coconut leading to a long, smoky finish. Based on this winemaker's extensive research, this wine pairs well with just about anything but especially grilled steak and lamb.

    Blend: 78% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2008 Columbia Valley Merlot offers up aromas of balsam wood, spice box, tobacco, violets, cassis, and blackberry. Savory on the palate, if slightly austere, another 1-2 years of bottle should fill the wine out. It will drink well through 2023.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    This wine gets the all-star treatment, blending fruit from 14 vineyards, and aging it in 60% new French oak. It's a substantial, muscular effort, with dark fruit, earth and tar components. A small addition of Petit Verdot darkens the color and thickens the tannins.

    91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Prickly tannins and a tang of acidity play against blackberry and cedary spice flavors in this firm red, which is nicely filled out, finishing with persistence.

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    laurenmcgarry (11/28/2012)
    awesome wine!! bright acidity and well balanced. surprisingly good for a washington merlot. Definitely would highly recommend
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    Thomas H. (4/15/2013)
    This is one of our favorites to drink with or without food. Very light and just enough sweetness. Perfect! Will keep ordering until it's out of stock!
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    EA (3/8/2013)
    I've had many bottles of this vintage -- it is yummy and has become my go-to wine with just about any meal (although now that it's not on sale anymore, it's on the expensive side for its value). It is a lovely deep red color, vibrant nutty smokey nose, rich and juicy palate, and long mellow finish.
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    CARLA14 (11/28/2012)
    Nicely balanced.
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    Mikayla Horace (11/28/2012)
    Very smoky and acidic perfect pair for steak, will definitely purchase again!
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    Rob430 (10/1/2012)
    Love this wine, love this winery.
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    Jennifer Hannah-Murphy (2/26/2013)
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    Bathus--Amateur Wine Philosopher (2/11/2013)

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