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Airfield Estates

Chardonnay, 2019

The Millers have been making Washington wines for over 50 years. Their property was previously used as an Army Air Corps training base in World War II (today, the winery operates from two old hangars). This elegant Chardonnay was crafted with a mix of oak and stainless steel aging to achieve the perfect balance of rich and fruity aromas.

Profile

New world Chardonnay gets a bad rap. Many wine drinkers assume Chardonnay from the US will be too big, oaky, and buttery to pair with most foods. By contrast, this wine was aged in French oak for only 8 months before switching to stainless steel. The result is a wine with a hint of vanilla that’s still subtle enough to let the fruit shine through.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Straw
APPEARANCE
Straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Vanilla
Peach
Lemon
Almond

Pairing

Full and savory white wines are rich and mellow at the same time. Expect to find flavors like baked apples, warming spices, and buttery richness. Chardonnay that has been aged in new oak, and full-bodied Viognier are both at home in this category.

TASTING TIP

To enhance wine flavors, sommeliers aerate their wines. After swirling their glasses, many take a small amount of wine in their mouths and inhale through it (don’t mind the slurping noise!). See if this reveals any new flavors for you.

More About The Wine

The Yakima Valley AVA is nestled within the Columbia Valley in Washington. It’s the state's oldest wine-growing region. It’s known for producing high-quality wine grapes, and is suitable for nearly every variety, red or white. It’s essentially high desert, with a long growing season of warm days and cool nights—and virtually no crop infections or pests.

DID YOU KNOW?

French and American oak barrels impart slightly different flavors into wine. French oak, which was used with this wine, often brings flavors of subtle cinnamon or smoke, while American oak often brings coconut and sweet spices.

  • VARIETY
    Chardonnay
  • VINTAGE
    2019
  • VINEYARD
    Airfield Estates
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Yakima Valley, WA
  • OAK
    Stainless steel fermented then aged in French oak barrels
  • ALCOHOL
    13.3%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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