I love NorthStar. They rival PepperBridge for their Merlots and are slightly less expensive. You can get a really complex red wine here and you'll never go wrong with their Stella Maris. Stella Maris is Latin for Star of the Sea and with the lots that don’t make it into their Merlots, they make a ‘declassified’ wine, and create Stella Maris. I purchased a case of their 2008 (great price), but it is their 2009 that is a really superior wine.
And the tasting notes: “Refined yet approachable, this vintage of our Reserve red blend, affectionately known as “Stella,” is rich with notes of coconut, vanilla, and lots of spicy cherry, raspberry, and other red fruit notes. Enjoy with friends!” How can you go wrong with that?
I'll be enjoying this starting with Thanksgiving!
Regardless of your desire to taste wine, you'll love the experience of the informed staff and the lovely location. The tasting room and their grounds are immaculate. And, if you go during a Release Weekend, you'll be introduced to the gourmet cheeses of Cheese Louise. There is a lot of focus on ensuring the various cheese selections at the different wine stations enhance the wine and vice versa. Your palet will be having a party! NorthStar does this the best of any winery we visited. And they do it every year.
Don't miss this winery!
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