Our good friends at Heidelberg have finally seen the light, and Airfield Estates wines are on the way to the entire state of Ohio and Kentucky. I’ve been banging on this drum for awhile now – about 2 years to be precise – as these wines were a natural fit for this area. Yes, they are from Washington State (Yakima Valley to be exact) and of course I love them automatically, yet the Miller family have a built-in marketing plan when it comes to this region, home of the Wright Brothers, Wright Patterson AFB, the Air Force Museum, GE Aircraft Engine plant – you get the idea.
The whole premise behind naming their winery Airfield Estates – tying in with the Moiller family vineyards’ historical significance to WWII makes their wines the perfect wines for this area’s own rich aviation history.
So Wendy Rock dropped off two new wines from Airfield Estates’ second label, Lone Birch, named for the sole Birch tree that acts as guardian to their vineyards:
Lone Birch White Blend Yakima Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. A combination of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Semillon, Roussanne and Marsanne, this lovely value white shows off loads of white flower and citrus fruits in the nose, accentuated by bright acidity, fresh peach and pear notes, hints of Meyer lemon, Key lime and guava fruits, and finishing up with brisk minerality, sweet basil, persimmon and quince.
Lone Birch Red Blend Yakima Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. A delicious blend of Merlot, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Cinsault, you get spicy red berry fruits, hints of nutmeg, white cinnamon and anise, blueberry compote, charcoal, Bay leaf, cedar, cigar box, dark plum and mocha. Medium-bodied tannins lend to its approachable, ripe fruit finish.