All hail king Cabernet

By on September 21, 2014

Airfield Estates 2012 Runway Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $18

airfield-estates-runway-caberenet-sauvignon-2012-bottleThis fall marks the 25th anniversary of the planting of this block of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was complemented in this bottling with Merlot (16%), Petit Verdot (5%) and Cabernet Franc. Marcus Miller’s winemaking produced a pleasurable drink that begins with attractive aromas of black plums, dark blackberry, cocoa powder and black pepper. Ripe purple fruit flavors bring back those hints of blackberry and plum juice with Marionberry. Plum skin tannins and a finish of mocha make this very enjoyable now, and Miller suggests not cellaring this beyond 2018. The Millers plan to soon roll out a refresh of their brand, but they appear committed to preserving the World War II historical connection on the label.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,500 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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