Airfield Estates 2012 Dauntless, Yakima Valley, $18

By on October 3, 2014

airfield-estates-dauntless-2012-bottleProsser, Wash., winemaker Marcus Miller builds this blend of estate fruit — named for the World War II dive bomber — as if it’s a Meritage. However, the assemblage of four Bordeaux varieties Merlot (72%), Malbec (13%), Petit Verdot (11%) and Cabernet Franc is offered at a near-bargain price. There are rich oak tones of molasses and toasted walnut with hints of black cherry, ripe raspberry, cola and lilac. The drink brings bold flavors of blackberry and chocolate-covered pomegranate as smooth and sandy tannins give it length.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,500 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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