2013 Northstar Red Blend

Year: 2013
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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"Broad and expressive, layered with spicy, minerally, peppery, orange peel-accented black cherry and licorice flavors that glide against polished tannins into a long and harmonious finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2023. 964 cases made. -HS" (WS)

"Another Merlot dominated red is the 2013 Red Blend, which is 63% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 51% new French oak. Its deep ruby color is followed by elegant, pure notes of cassis, black raspberries, violets and graphite, as well as a wine that has medium to full-bodied richness, outstanding balance and a focused, lengthy finish. It should keep for a decade." (WA)

"(14.4% alcohol): Dark red. Raspberry, smoky oak tones and a whiff of meat on the nose. Deeper and fatter than the Cabernet Sauvignon, showing more mid-palate material, but at the same time a bit more medicinal, with its cherry, cassis and menthol flavors currently displaying a restrained sweetness. Finishes with serious but well-integrated tannins and very good length." (VM)

"Merlot (63%) takes the lead on this blend followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (23%) and Cabernet Franc. The aromas seem somewhat wound up at present, with notes of wood spice, vanilla and fresh herb. The palate is ├╝ber-smooth, showing a fine sense of balance and polish." (WE)

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