Airfield Estates 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $25

By on February 21, 2015

airfield-estates-reserve-chardonnay-nv-bottleThe Miller family pulls Chardonnay from its County Line Vineyard, a block cropped to about 4 tons per acre and — at 1,100 feet elevation — is the highest spot among their 860 acres. Winemaker Marcus Miller has developed a strategy that includes a barrel program of 50/50 new and used oak, making for a nice theme of toast, almond, dusty apricot and mint. His approach to malolactic fermentation is a similar percentage to his barrel components, and that creates a nice creamy feel on the entry with a finish of fresh lemon juice and zest. Look for this at their home base of the Vintners Village in Prosser and their satellite tasting room in Woodinville.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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