Airfield Estates

Yakima Valley Merlot

8.915 ratings
9.05 pro ratings
Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Matt Sterr

Good value.

Good value.

Mar 12th, 2018
Zachary Price

We visited the Airfield tasting room in Woodinville on our first tasting trip as Seattle transplants - mainly due to the fact that they still, astonishingly, had a five dollar fee for six (heavy) pours. Airfield uses 100% estate grown grapes (27 varietals) out of their 860 acres in Yakima Valley going on now for 40 years. The climate and geography are such that, according to the producer, they do not rely on grafted rootstock. The winery takes it's name due to its proximity to a WWII airbase at the foot of the Rattlesnake Mountains. Of the three styles of Merlot, this one falls into the fruit/tannic bucket. Paired with a brown butter gnocchi. ~$25 | #airfield #merlot #yakimavalley

On the eyes: Deep, opaque, purplish-ruby, med+ stain, med+ tears. No gas/floc.

On the nose: A bit vinuous, blackberry, ripe black plum, violet, a bit of wet slate, med alcohol.

On the tongue: Med acid, med alcohol, med+ tannin, round in the mouth, med body. Blackberry, floral, jammy plum, ending in thick clove. Decent finish.

We visited the Airfield tasting room in Woodinville on our first tasting trip as Seattle transplants - mainly due to the fact that they still, astonishingly, had a five dollar fee for six (heavy) pours. Airfield uses 100% estate grown grapes (27 varietals) out of their 860 acres in Yakima Valley going on now for 40 years. The climate and geography are such that, according to the producer, they do not rely on grafted rootstock. The winery takes it's name due to its proximity to a WWII airbase at the foot of the Rattlesnake Mountains. Of the three styles of Merlot, this one falls into the fruit/tannic bucket. Paired with a brown butter gnocchi. ~$25 | #airfield #merlot #yakimavalley

On the eyes: Deep, opaque, purplish-ruby, med+ stain, med+ tears. No gas/floc.

On the nose: A bit vinuous, blackberry, ripe black plum, violet, a bit of wet slate, med alcohol.

On the tongue: Med acid, med alcohol, med+ tannin, round in the mouth, med body. Blackberry, floral, jammy plum, ending in thick clove. Decent finish.

Aug 20th, 2016
Michael VeeEss

Bold and peppery. A good find.

Bold and peppery. A good find.

Oct 19th, 2014
Chris Ebbert

Woodinville, Wa / Prosser

Woodinville, Wa / Prosser

Apr 7th, 2013
John Berghoff

John had this 2 years ago

John had this 2 years ago

Apr 19th, 2016
Bryant Bickel

Bryant had this 3 years ago

Bryant had this 3 years ago

Feb 6th, 2016
John Berghoff

John had this 4 years ago

John had this 4 years ago

Nov 4th, 2014
John Berghoff

John had this 4 years ago

John had this 4 years ago

Jul 15th, 2014
Christopher Black

Christopher had this 10 months ago

Christopher had this 10 months ago

Dec 26th, 2017
James Steele

James had this 2 years ago

James had this 2 years ago

Jul 14th, 2016