Airfield Estates 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $15

By on September 19, 2021

Best Buy! The Miller family and their winemaker, Travis Maple, employ a yeast strain derived from Sauvignon Blanc berries in New Zealand to ferment these Airfield Ranch grapes over the course of four weeks at a temperature in the low 60s. Maple’s team then aged the wine on its lees for two months, stirring the lots twice. By Dec. 1, they had it all in the bottle. It’s no surprise that it’s a Kiwi-ish example of Sauv Blanc, loaded with gooseberry, lime, grassiness and celery leaf. Pleasing flavors and nice balance make for an enjoyable, but not geeky finish. Suggested pairings include summer salads, gazpacho, calamari with garlic and peas, grilled vegetable pasta with cumin or a plate of cheese such as sharp cheddar, feta and Bûcheron.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,349 cases

Alcohol 12.9%

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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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