Airfield Estates Merlot 2020, Yakima Valley, Washington
Airfield Estates is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard situated in the heart of the Yakima Valley. Prior to their farming days, a portion of the property was selected as the site for a flight school during WWII due to its sunny days and fog-free nights. These qualities also make for good grape growing, and in 1968 they planted wine grapes. This 2020 Merlot displays dark fruit aromas of Bing cherry, dark cassis, and smoked figs intertwined with complex layers of dark espresso and toffee. The palate is round and robust with secondary flavors of smoked caramel, blackberry, vanilla beans, dark chocolate, and a touch of sweet, toasted oak. It finishes off with smooth, silky tannins and balanced acidity that accentuate the dark berry and jam-like flavors.