Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 50-41

By on December 28, 2014

43. Northstar 2010 Premier Merlot, Columbia Valley, $85

northstar-premier-merlot-2010-labelThree of the state’s top sites — Beverly near Sentinel Gap, Cold Creek and StoneTree — each within eye shot of the Columbia River near the Wahluke Slope — get special treatment from Walla Walla’s David Merfeld. Rich and dark aromas of black cherry, cola, black licorice, toast and allspice are followed by a dense palate that follows with cherry and chocolate-covered pomegranate. The structure shows elegance with those chocolate undertones and gets capped by late-arriving tannins.

Production: 290 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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