Thursday, February 19, 2015

2011 Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot

To celebrate me finishing shoveling the driveway and to settle in for an evening in front of the fire to shield me from the sub-zero outside temperatures, I've decided to open a classic bottle of Merlot, the 2011 Northstar Winery Columbia Valley Merlot.  This wine is a blend of Merlot (78%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Petit Verdot (2%), which should add to the wine's complexity.

The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with a center that borders on indigo.  The nose is an interesting combination of mocha, dark chocolate and raspberry over a subtle base of earthy minerality.  The taste is very nice, a blast of fruit up front, tart cherry, raspberry that transition seamlessly into some vanilla bean and toasted oak midpalate.  The finish is quite nice, with a hint of basalt among the fine tannins that support the long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's still a bit young but is drinking quite nicely right now.  It was also a great value as I bought this one for $24,50 in an offer from Vivino (if you don't have it already, it's a super app for drinking wine on the go!).  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic Merlot dinner of seared ribeye, baked potato and steamed asparagus. Cheers!

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