Airfield Estates 2010 Aviator, Yakima Valley, $35

By on September 10, 2013

airfield-estates-aviator-2010-bottleThe patriotic history surrounding the Miller family farm dates to its use as a World War II airbase, created to protect the Hanford Site and its clandestine mission from aerial attack. The Millers focus this blend of five Bordeaux varieties around Cabernet Sauvignon (54%) and Merlot (27%), and it takes off with aromas of raspberry jam, cherry bitters, Milk Duds, cinnamon bark and eucalyptus. That bright red fruit profile is matched in the mouth with up-front, but not overwhelming, tannins. Plum juice, cranberries and a Montmorency cherry finish give it delicious length. It’s sold-out at the winery, but the Airfield Estats wines are available in 24 states.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 520 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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