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JULY 28, 1997

Events

New merlot announced

  NW News Staff
   Winemakers Jed Steele, from California, and Gordy Hill, Washington, have combined their talents to create the new Northstar Merlot 1994, available in limited quantities.
  
   The new release from Ste Michelle owned Northstar Cellars in Grandview, WA was made with grapes from key vineyard locations across Columbia Valley. Following fermentation, it was aged for 16 months in small French oak barrels. During this time, based on strict selection criteria, the winemakers eliminated nearly 35 percent of the original barrel lots from consideration for Northstar's final blend.
  
   "We crafted this wonderful merlot within a traditional Bordeaux red wine protocol. The result is a wine similar to Bordeaux reds with a healthy merlot component, but at the same time still distinctly Columbia Valley," Jed Steel described the new wine.
  
   Hill described it as ". . . a big broad wine. Flavors of black cherries and chocolate-covered raspberries create a strong fruit impression throughout the palate and finish. Vanilla notes, a pleasant hint of leather and a light oaky smokiness support its depth of character."
   The wine sells at a suggested retail price of $50 per bottle and is available in select markets.
  
   Winemakers Jed Steele, from California, and Gordy Hill, Washington, have combined their talents to create the new Northstar Merlot 1994, available in limited quantities.