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Airfield Estates Aviator 2009

Airfield Estates Aviator 750ml 2009      
Sku: 1829519*

For four generations, the Miller family has been farming in the Yakima Valley - Washington’s oldest established AVA and is home to some of the state’s finest vineyards. Situated along the anticlines of the Rattlesnake Mountains near a WWII airbase, the estate’s original vines date back to 1968. Over the years, the estate has expanded to include 26 different grape varieties and spans over 860 acres. Although most of the farm’s soils would be classified as Warden silty loam, areas of shallow rockier soils, as well as sandier sites add diversity. The dry climate and sustainable viticultural practices employed help maintain a disease free environment, so that the grapes can grow on their native rootstocks rather than grafted onto disease resistant rootstock. For the whites, the fruit is whole cluster pressed, the juice settles for 48 hours before racking and the wines are fermented at 60 degrees in stainless steel to dryness after which SO2 is added and the temperature is reduced to 40 degrees. After racking, the wines are filtered and bottled in screw cap. The red grapes are sorted, destemmed and whole cluster pressed. The must is gently transferred to six-ton stainless steel tanks and one-ton stainless steel fermentors. Various extraction techniques including pump overs and rack and returns are used during fermentation. After fermentation, the must is pressed and allowed to settle for 48 hours before being transferred to oak barrels. Three different types of barrels are used (60% French, 30% American, and 10% Eastern European) and on average 25%-30% of the barrels are new. After malolactic, the wines are racked twice, blended, aged in barrel and racked every three months up until bottling.

Tasting notes
A Bordeaux style blend from Runway Vineyard fruit, the wine displays rich aromas of dark berries, spice and vanilla bean. On the palate, flavors of blackcurrant and dark cherry are smooth and well balanced with nicely integrated tannins.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Aug 2011)
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. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2024. There is one sweet wine in the collection.

Technical notes
(50% Cabernet Sauvignon/25% Merlot/10% Cab Franc/10% Petit Verdot/5% Malbec).

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United States
Washington
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Yakima Valley
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Regional Varietals:
Bordeaux Blend
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvig
Regional Wineries:
14 Hands Vineyards
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Hedges Family Estate
Country: United States
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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