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Aviator

91 | Airfield Estates 2013 Aviator, Yakima Valley

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017


DOUBLE GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Aviator

Seattle Wine Awards


91 | Airfield Estates 2009 Aviator, Yakima Valley

The 2009 Aviator is made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, with the balance Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec aged in 50% new French oak for 21 months. It was a barrel-selection of the best Bordeaux varieties in the cellar. It exhibits an inviting nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, incense, violets, herbs, black currant, and blackberry which set the stage for a rich, savory, plush, layered wine with excellent depth and length.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


GOLD & BEST OF CLASS | Airfield Estates 2008 Aviator

Tri-Cities Wine Festival


92 | Airfield Estates 2008 Aviator, Yakima Valley

The 2008 Aviator is made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec aged for 20 months in 50% new French oak. Deep purple-colored, it gives up an aromatic array of toasty new oak, smoke, violets, spice box, black cherry, and black currant. The most structured of the red wines, it has excellent concentration, serious depth and grip, and several years of aging potential.

Wine Advocate

Barbera

DOUBLE GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Barbera

Tri-Cities Wine Festival


GOLD & BEST OF CLASS | Airfield Estates 2011 Barbera

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Bombshell Red

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2008 Bombshell Red

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


DOUBLE GOLD & BEST OF CLASS | Airfield Estates 2008 Bombshell Red

Tri-Cities Wine Festival


90 | Airfield Estates 2007 Bombshell Red

This ripe red delivers a solid mouthful of plum and currant fruit, weaving in some coffee and toast as the finish rolls on unimpeded by much tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Cinsault and Counoise.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator

Cabernet Sauvignon

91 | Airfield Estates 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine & Spirits Magazine


90 | Airfield Estates 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017


90 | Airfield Estates 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

The aromas suggest notes of herb, vanilla, wood spice, plum and dark fruit. The palate is restrained in style, full of dark-fruit and barrel flavors and lightly grainy tannins.  – Sean P. Sullivan

Wine Enthusiast


90 | Airfield Estates 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

High-toned aromas of cocoa, barrel spice, vanilla and dark fruit lead to plentiful, focused fruit and barrel flavors. The flavors linger on the finish.  – Sean P. Sullivan

Wine Enthusiast


90 | Airfield Estates 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a fine-tuned, pure varietal Cabernet, sourced from a vineyard planted in 1989. Boysenberries, cherries, red and black licorice and notes of coffee and pepper are all in play, buoyed by lively acidity and brightened with light baking spices.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast


90 | Airfield Estates 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon contains small amounts of Malbec and Merlot aged for 20 months in 45% new French oak. Medium purple-colored, it reveals aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, spice box, incense, black currant, and blackberry. On the palate, it has ample layered fruit, good balance, well-integrated oak, good volume, and 2-3 years of aging potential.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


92 | Airfield Estates 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers a bit more of everything. It is a denser, more structured wine with terrific depth and plenty of aging potential.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


91 | Airfield Estates 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

The purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 18 months in 50% new oak. The nose offers up cedar, pencil lead, damp earth, incense, and blackcurrant. Layered and lengthy on the palate, this savory, well-balanced wine will drink well through 2020.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate

Chardonnay

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2015 Chardonnay

Seattle Wine Awards


90 | Airfield Estates 2015 Chardonnay

A deliciously creamy, citrus inflected Chardonnay with butterscotch scents and a crisp acidity that cuts through. Ageing in a combination of neutral French oak and stainless steel has retained freshness while contributing subtle sweet spice notes and texture to the wine.  – James Button

Decanter Magazine


GOLD | Airfield Estates 2014 Chardonnay

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition


89 | Airfield Estates 2011 Reserve Chardonnay

Sourced from the winery's highest, steepest site, and barrel-fermented with partial malolactic, this is a fine effort in a lighter vintage. Yeasty and creamy in the mouth, it melds a mix of banana, pineapple and coconut cream in a wine with excellent structure and length. The hint of caramel provides a flourish on the finish.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast


89 | Airfield Estates 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay

Lively and focused, this white is silky in texture and juicy with pear, citrus and floral flavors, which persist on the deftly balanced finish.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator


GOLD | Airfield Estates 2007 Unoaked Chardonnay

Tri-Cities Wine Festival


90 | Airfield Estates 2006 Chardonnay

Creamy with a smooth streak of rich butterscotch, this is a very appealing wine that seems to gather strength as it slides through the mouth. It hits a whopping 15.3% alcohol, and yet retains a silky feel and a nice mix of peach, apricot and papaya fruits. It just goes on and on, almost like a dessert wine without the sugar.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast

Dauntless

90 | Airfield Estates 2014 Dauntless

Merlot (73%) takes the lead on this wine, which is rounded out by Malbec (12%), Cabernet Sauvignon (7%), Petit Verdot (4%) and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of herb, barrel spice, pencil lead and red and black fruit are followed by plump yet elegant fruit flavors backed by chalky tannins. It shows a lot of restraint.  – Sean P. Sullivan

Wine Enthusiast


GOLD | Airfield Estates 2014 Dauntless

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition

Dolcetto

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2014 Dolcetto

Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Hellcat / Tempranillo

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Hellcat

Seattle Wine Awards


90 | Airfield Estates 2010 Tempranillo

This firm and fruity Tempranillo has a lush core of boysenberry and black cherry fruit.  It's finished with screwcap, and may require decanting to push it open, but it will reward your patience with a deep and focused wine that has some cellar potential.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast


90+ | Airfield Estates 2009 Tempranillo

The 2009 Tempranillo contains 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 11 months in a mix of oaks. The bouquet is somewhat reticent but with coaxing displays spicy black fruits and toasty oak. Savory and ripe on the palate with good varietal character, it is another piece of evidence of how Tempranillo can perform in eastern Washington.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


90 | Airfield Estates 2007 Tempranillo

Vibrant and juicy, this brims with blackberry, cherry, pepper and floral aromas and flavors, echoing enticingly against mildly crunchy tannins.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator

Lightning

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2012 Lightning

Tri-Cities Wine Festival


90 | Airfield Estates 2008 Lightning

The 2008 Lightning is a blend of 50% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, with the balance Chardonnay and Marsanne. Barrel-fermented and raised sur lie with monthly batonnage in seasoned French oak for 11 months, the wine did not go through malolactic. The nose displays a touch of smoke, bee's wax, spring flowers, and melon. Medium-bodied on the palate, it reveals a smooth texture, complex flavors, good acidity, and impeccable balance. Drink this lengthy effort now and over the next 4 years.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate

Malbec

91 | Airfield Estates 2008 Malbec

The purple-colored 2008 Malbec spent 20 months in 40% new French and American oak. Asian spices, incense, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry are followed by a plush, chewy, full-flavored Malbec with superior depth and length. Give it 2-3 years to fill out and enjoy it from 2013 to 2023.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate

Merlot

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2014 Merlot

Seattle Wine Awards


GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Reserve Merlot

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


DOUBLE GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Reserve Merlot

Seattle Wine Awards


90 | Airfield Estates 2012 Merlot

I loved the 2012 Yakima Valley Merlot, and this plump, rounded, textured and fruity effort yields lots of plum, blueberry and violet-like aromas and flavors. It’s another well-made wine from this team that will drink nicely for 3-5 years.  – Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Advocate


GOLD | Airfield Estates 2012 Merlot

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


90 | Airfield Estates 2012 Runway Merlot

Broad and spicy, tangy at the core, this offers plum and currant fruit lifted by hints of chalky mineral and fine acidity, carrying through on the long finish.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator


91 & EDITOR'S CHOICE | Airfield Estates 2010 Merlot

This is a fine effort, culled from a single block of 15-year-old vines. Firm and tannic, it shows focused flavors of blackberry and cassis, highlights of clove and cacao, with admirable precision through a lingering finish.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast


90 & EDITOR'S CHOICE | Airfield Estates 2009 Merlot

This is all Merlot, tight and toasty, with generous black fruits compacted into a dense core. This one needs more bottle age, and/or substantial decanting time, but it shows excellent depth and polish already.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast


90 | Airfield Estates 2008 Merlot

The 2008 Merlot (100%) spent 20 months in 40% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Aromas of cocoa, chocolate, tobacco, cassis, and black cherry lead to a medium to full-bodied ripe wine with good grip, excellent volume, layered fruit, and enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


91 | Airfield Estates 2007 Merlot

The 2007 Merlot was aged in 40% new oak, predominantly French. Aromas of cedar, cinnamon, allspice, cassis, and black cherry are followed by an easy-going, friendly wine with good depth of flavor and 2-3 years of cellaring potential. It, too, can be enjoyed from 2011 to 2020.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate

Moscato

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Moscato

Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Mustang

GOLD & BEST OF CLASS | Airfield Estates 2013 Mustang

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


90 | Airfield Estates 2013 Mustang

Bright and tangy, with currant and black pepper flavors on a broad, supple frame, lingering on the lively finish.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator


DOUBLE GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Mustang

Seattle Wine Awards


91 & EDITOR'S CHOICE | Airfield Estates 2012 Mustang

This wine is a blend of Syrah (45%), Mourvèdre (27%), Grenache (25%) and Cinsault. It charms with complex, pure aromas of boysenberry, white pepper, raspberries and herbs. The flavors are full in feel, with the judicious use of oak heightening the enjoyment.  – Sean P. Sullivan

Wine Enthusiast

Red Wine

90 | Airfield Estates 2014 Red Wine

High-toned aromas of cocoa, barrel spice, vanilla and dark fruit lead to plentiful, focused fruit and barrel flavors. The flavors linger on the finish.  – Sean P. Sullivan

Wine Enthusiast


GOLD & GRAND CHAMPION RED | Airfield Estates 2014 Red Wine

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition

Riesling

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2015 Sweet Riesling

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition


DOUBLE GOLD | Airfield Estates 2013 Late Harvest Riesling

Seattle Wine Awards


92 | 2010 Late Harvest Riesling

The 2010 Runway Late Harvest Riesling was made with 50-60% botrytis infected fruit and finished with 15% residual sugar. Peaches, tropical fruits, honey, and botrytis aromas lead to a viscous, vibrant wine with superb natural acidity that frames the fruit brilliantly. This wine is all about pleasure; how long it will last is difficult to say but there is no rational reason to defer your gratification. By the way, it is also an outstanding value in sweet dessert wine.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


90 & BEST BUY | Airfield Estates 2008 Riesling

Sharp scents with a light hint of cardboard, piercing lemon oil and pineapple, minerality and lemon tea. The flavors follow, and the wine has good concentration and depth, with a dry, toasted cracker and wet stone finish. It gets better and better in the mouth.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast

Rosé

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2016 Sangiovese Rosé

Seattle Wine Awards


GOLD | Airfield Estates 2014 Rosé

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

Sauvignon Blanc

GOLD | Airfield Estates 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Tri-Cities Wine Festival


90 | Airfield Estates 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Bright and lively, this is juicy with grapefruit and herb flavors, finishing with pizzazz.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator

Spitfire

90 | Airfield Estates 2009 Spitfire

The 2009 Spitfire is made up of 61% Sangiovese, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance small amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel where the wine spent 11 months. Smoke, cherries, rose petal, spice box, tobacco, and cassis lead to a full-bodied, savory, structured wine with 1-2 years of aging potential. It displays good volume and a lengthy, pure finish.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate

Syrah

DOUBLE GOLD | Airfield Estates 2014 Syrah

Seattle Wine Awards


91 | Airfield Estates 2014 Syrah

This has a deeper, more savoury character than the Lone Birch label Syrah, with a lovely black cherry nose and voluptuous black and red fruit on the palate. There is less obvious vanilla here, but more grip in the form of velvety tannins. Great intensity and balance.  – James Button

Decanter Magazine


90+ | Airfield Estates 2009 Reserve Syrah

The 2009 Reserve Syrah was aged in 50% new Hungarian oak for 11 months. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up alluring aromas of game, bacon, blueberry, lavender, and plum aromas. Mouth-filling, succulent, and structured, it has plenty of flavor but is quite one-dimensional at the moment.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


91 | Airfield Estates 2009 Reserve Syrah

A fine example of Yakima Valley Syrah, this is a chewy, dark, smoky, coffee and bitter chocolate-infused wine with immense staying power. The fruit provides a cassis and blackberry backbone; the tannins and smoke and oaky flavors roll on through the lengthy finish. Big, brawny and delicious.  – Paul Gregutt

Wine Enthusiast


90 | Airfield Estates 2007 Syrah

The 2007 Syrah was co-fermented with 8% Viognier and aged in 30% new oak for 18 months. The wine gets a floral lift from the Viognier to complement the aromas of smoked meat, bacon, lavender, and blueberry. Round and succulent on the palate, this forward effort will deliver pleasure through 2017.  – Jay S. Miller

Wine Advocate


91 | Airfield Estates 2007 Syrah

Polished, focused and distinctive for its let-it-all-hang out plum, violet, earth, meat and spice flavors, lingering on the supple finish.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator


91 | Airfield Estates 2006 Reserve Syrah

Silky and tremendously appealing for its gentle nature and bright boysenberry fruit that has delicate spice overtones. The finish hovers elegantly.  – Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator

Viognier

90 & BEST BUY | Airfield Estates 2014 Viognier

The aromas pop, with notes of white flowers, pear and ripe peach. It's full bodied in feel, drinking dry with a textured feel and a drawn-out finish—a very pleasing example of the variety.  – Sean P. Sullivan

Wine Enthusiast