Northstar Merlot 2012 Print Tasting Notes for a Shelf Talker Note: If not seeing the star ratings when printing, turn on print backgounds in your printer settings. 94 Northstar Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2012 Country of Origin: Washington Retail Price: $35 Tasting Notes: The epitome of great Washington Merlot. Dark cherry and vanilla flavors work so nice together. The perfect balance of oak makes the finish long and memorable. Big, bold and built to last. Lay this wine down to enjoy for years to come.