We had a great tasting at Northstar Winery. We have been here before and always liked it but somehow on this visit we really loved it. I am wondering if the winemaker has done something different. He began working with Northstar Winery in 2001 as the assistant winemaker and then his first drinkage was in 2006. Is it even possible that we have not visited in that long?
The setting is lovely. It would be a great venue for an event, wedding, shower, birthday celebration. The facility is fabulous and has a couple of different private areas. There is also a great patio and lawn beyond. There were four girls playing volleyball when we were there – having a great time.
Jan was pouring for us. He was lot of fun with a distinctive Norwegian accent and ready jokes. He knew a lot about the wine he was pouring and it was obvious he was enjoying himself as much as we were (well almost as much since we were tasting wine and he was only pouring it.)
The Merlots were still our favorites. It was fun to try the 2010 Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot side-by-side with the 2010 Northstar Walla Walla Merlot. The Walla Walla was a bit more structured while the Columbia Valley was softer on the palette. Jan told us that Mrlot is 2/3 of their production and between 11,000 to 12,000 cases are distributed each year. These wines are priced at $41 and $50 repsectively. A bit pricier is the 2010 Northstar Premier at $85. This 100% Merlot is delicious. For us it will be a special occasion treat.
From the 2012 Northstar Stella Blanca Semillon to the 2009 Stella Maris Red Blend – we enjoyed all of the wines that we tasted and took home a bottle of each. There is a $7 tasting fee refundable with purchase. Definitely worth the visit.