Airfield Estates 2013 Reserve Merlot, Yakima Valley, $25

By on October 15, 2016

airfield-estates-logo-refresh-2015One of the oldest vineyard plantings in Washington state is at the Miller family’s historic Airport Ranch site along the foothills of the Rattlesnake Hills, and their work with Merlot stems back to the late 1970s as an early grower for Ste. Michelle. This release from the first of three hot vintages opens with aromas of pomegranate syrup and cherry taffy backed by chalkboard dust, milk chocolate and moist potting soil. Its nicely managed chocolaty tannins make this more approachable than many Washington Merlots, bringing in flavors of black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate syrup.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 500 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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