Airfield Estates bottle

Airfield Estates

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

If you’ve yet to meet the Millers, they’re one of Washington state’s pioneering wine families—and they’ve been at it for nearly 50 years. Previously, their property served in World War II as an Army Air Corps training base (today, the winery operates from two old hangars). The grapes for this wine come from some of Airfield’s prime vineyards, all close to the winery facility. This ensured a short trip from vine to crusher, for as concentrated and fruity a wine as possible.

Profile

Airfield Estates Cabernet Sauvignon is old-school New World, meaning it deftly balances plush, bright fruit flavors with spice and savory notes from aging in oak. By contrast, many New World Cabs are overtly oaky and sweet.

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TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Black pepper
Black cherry
Cassis
Bittersweet chocolate

Pairing

Classic in style, these reds are equal parts power and finesse. Richer Pinots and Merlot-based Bordeaux reds, with their mix of red- and black-fruit flavors, can hold their own with just about any meat. The most delightful pairing to remember: Pork always loves this kind of Pinot Noir.

More About The Wine

The climate of Yakima Valley, Washington’s largest wine region, is suitable for nearly every variety, red or white. It’s essentially high desert, with a long growing season—longer than usual in 2016, it turns out—of warm days and cool nights, and virtually no crop infections or pests (which is why the vines can be planted on their own roots).

DID YOU KNOW?

After World War II, H. Lloyd Miller bought the airport hangars the winery now uses for $1. And up until the 1970s, the Millers’ cash crop was sugar beets.

  • VARIETY
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Airfield Estates
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Yakima Valley, Washington
  • OAK
    French & American oak (10 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    14.4%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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