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2020 Flygirl White

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Tasting Notes

A blend of 50% Pinot Gris, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Viognier, the 2020 Flygirl White offers a bouquet of fresh and vibrant aromatics. Notes of pineapples, lime juice and guava fruit fill the glass. Delicate flavors of grapefruit, sweet pears and honeydew melons envelop the palate finishing with secondary flavors of bright citrus and a hint of banana. The wine’s brisk yet balanced acidity leaves a vibrant finish that creates a long, clean, and crisp mouthfeel. Enjoy now through 2026.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2020 vintage will go down as a very memorable year. The growing season was exceptional with a mild winter, warm spring, and moderate summer. Bud break occurred 2 weeks earlier than normal and veraison was well ahead of schedule too. Just as we were preparing for an early start to harvest, wildfires in the Northwest created a thick cloud of smoke over Washington State. Concerns arose about exposure to smoke. Taking a cautious approach, we delayed harvest until the smoke cleared and conducted trials to determine the effect of smoke on our grapes. Fortunately, results showed no sign of smoke taint. Proximity to the source of smoke plays a big factor, and our vineyard was a long distance away. Overall, we have not seen any impact of smoke on the 2020 vintage. Another major event of this vintage was an early frost that occurred the second week of October. Our winemaking team worked tirelessly long hours leading up to the frost. By the time our vineyards had been impacted by the cold spell, our winery was stuffed with fermenting grapes and harvest was 95% complete. All remaining grapes were then hand-harvested and sorted with an optical sorter to remove any excessive M.O.G. or bad grapes. After our wines completed alcoholic fermentation, we were very pleased with the results. We at Airfield have another stunning vintage for you to enjoy. The 2020 wines showcase an abundance of ripe fruit aromatics, low tannin profiles, and exceptionally balanced finishes.

Winemaking Notes

Each varietal for this blend was harvested at optimal maturity, gently pressed, and fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to maintain freshness and varietal characteristics. The temperatures of fermentation ranged from 58-62 degrees, and the average length of fermentation lasted about 25 days. These cooler ferments helped us achieve beautiful exotic fruit aromas and a clean, crisp finish. After fermentation, each varietal had the wine’s lees stirred back into the wine once every two weeks for up to three months. This process helped naturally soften the wine, enhance the texture, and create a rounder mouthfeel. When creating this 2020 blend, we wanted each varietal to play a special role in this blend to provide complexity and an overall easy drinking wine.

Food Pairing

Creamy Crab Dip With Cream Cheese
Butternut Squash Risotto
Oven Roasted Chicken
Chèvre or Aged Gouda

  • Varietal Composition: White Blend
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Aging / Barrel Program: Fermented and aged in stainless steel
  • Cases Produced: 213
  • Alcohol: 13.3%
  • pH: 3.53
  • Acidity: 5.7 g/L
  • Ageability: Now through 2025

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