Airfield Estates 2013 Mustang Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $25
It could be labeled as Syrah since it forms 75 percent to the wine, but the Miller family opts to brand this Rhône-style red as Mustang, a tribute to the P-51 fighter aircraft built by North American Aviation that first took to the skies for British and American forces during World War II. The 2013 Mustang injects Grenache (20%) and Mourvèdre (5%) for a rich nose of black currant, cherry and dark chocolate with touches of chalkboard dust and squid ink. Across the palate, there’s a long runaway of boysenberry, plum and black currant flavors capped by delicious pomegranate and vanilla notes. It continues to rank as one of the Northwest’s most affordable expressions of GSM.
Production: 485 cases