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2009 Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Ruby-red.  Suave aromas of cassis, blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate show good lift for the vintage.  Fresh and focused, with bright currant, licorice and chocolate flavors perked up by floral and herbal hints.  This bottle struck me as fresher and more delineated than the 2008 version, despite the ripeness of the 2009 vintage.  Finishes with suave tannins and noteworthy persistence.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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