Appellation: Yakima Valley
Best Buy! Marcus Miller instructs the crew at this fourth-generation farm near Prosser, Wash., to harvest his Sauvignon Blanc in the early morning hours in order to preserve the natural acidity. Last year, that happened on Sept. 7, which is closer to the historical norm than previous hot vintages. As a result, theres a bone-dry presentation of subtle notes of lemon, grapefruit and gooseberry, with a hint of a spicy kick of white pepper on the finish. This won a double gold medal at the sixth annual Cascadia International Wine Competition, and its available at the familys tasting rooms in Woodinville and on Merlot Drive in Prossers Vintners Village.
Rating: Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine (12.6% alc.)
Production: 2,433 cases
Food pairings: Suggested ideas include calamari with garlic and peas, gazpacho, grilled vegetable pasta with cumin or a cheese plate featuring bücheron and sharp cheddar.
Airfield Estates Tasting rooms:
560 Merlot Drive, Prosser, WA 99350
14450 Woodinville Redmond Road, Suite #109, Woodinville, WA 98072