An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Airfield Estates 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $13

airfield-estates-sauvignon-blanc-bottle-2012Best Buy! The Recommendeuer, the Washington State Wine Commission’s campy new — albeit unofficial — spokesman could seriously envision pairing this Yakima Valley Sauvignon Blanc with oysters. Marcus Miller’s skill with his parents’ grapes helped produce a wine that comes across very grassy with its aromatics of dusty gooseberry, sweet herbs, juniper and faint whiff of tomcat. As a drink, it’s clean, lean and green with Granny Smith apple and a spoonful of gooseberry pie. The edgy acidity will win over many foodies, so enjoy “the little spats” with a squirt of lemon and “let the wine do the rest.”

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,332 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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