Appellation: Yakima Valley
Marcus Miller creates this Left Bank Bordeaux-stye red from his familys 900-acre vineyard near Prosser, Wash., thats nearly five decades old. Cabernet Sauvignon (57%) and Merlot (27%) are trailed by Cabernet Franc (12%), Petit Verdot and Malbec, stitched together to create aromas of blackberry pie, chalkboard dust and black licorice. Theres a rich entry and pleasing density to the palate of blueberry, pomegranate and black cherry. Penetrating tannins still allow for the fruit to stand up through the juicy and earthy finish. While it doesn't fall within our Best Buy! price point, its standing just outside the ballpark.
Rated Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine. (14.3% alc.)
Cases produced: 1,094
Food pairings: Enjoy with grilled meats or tomato-based fare.
These wines are available at the Prosser tasting room in the Vintner's Village and at the base of Woodinville's Hollywood Hill across from Purple Café and Wine Bar.
Airfield Estates, 560 Merlot Drive, Prosser, 509-786-7401, www.airfieldwines.com.