Airfield Estates 2013 Moscato, Yakima Valley, $18

By on October 28, 2014

airfield-estates-moscato-2013-bottleThe Miller family began growing grapes Washington’s Yakima Valley in 1960 and received vineyard advice from the late Walter Clore, but it wasn’t until Marcus Miller returned home in 2007 before historic Airfield Ranches in Sunnyside began producing wine as Airfield Estates in Prosser. One of the world’s oldest varieties — Muscat Canelli — does well at the Millers’ 950-acre vineyard, so Marcus creates a still Moscato. It’s light in alcohol and takes a dry approach, despite the listed residual sugar of 1.6%. There are aromas and flavors of ambrosia salad, white peach, Bartlett pear, Gala apple and buttered popcorn, all tied together by good acidity that dries out the finish. Look for this in Prosser as well as their second tasting room in Woodinville.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 400 cases

Alcohol: 11.5%

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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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