Airfield Estates 2007 riesling

Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on October 1, 2009:

Gotta love the Wisconsin Tourism Federation…had to change their logo to TFW from…yeah think about it! A Texas woman sent a message to her ex-husband by frying up seven of their goldfish and eating three of them. I don’t know about you, but my recollection of goldfish is that they dangle a long cable of tooty from their bottoms. A 19-yr old Illinois man is charged with breaking into unlocked apts. and rubbing the legs of three women while they slept. Folks, I’m not making this stuff up! These are all the results of not drinking Washington wine and why I’m sucha strong advocate!

Airfield Estates formally started up in 2007 but the owners have a long history of running their vineyards out in Sunnyside since 1968. The land was temporarily used as a military airport during the war, then sold back to the owners for a song. A couple hangars are still standing today if you visit. The jovial looking Miller family runs the whole operation along with help from a childhood friend. There’s no shortage in their offerings, currently at 23 different bottlings, including a tempranillo, dolcetto, zinfandel, and even a southern Rhone blend all moderately priced from $14 to $32.

Why’d I pick this bottle from deVine Wines in Mill Creek? Well, for one, I love the simple bottle design. Dark colored barber-shop collar, olive green glass, silk-screened vintage airplane…all simple and easy on the eyes. And, I haven’t seen AE sold anywhere else around here.

Actually opened this for lunch with a Korean-style pork cutlet on a bed of shredded cabbage, along with sticky rice and three types of pickled vegetables. Riesling does well with Asian food and this was more confirmation of it. Re-tasted with dinner and reheated curry. Although riesling and gewurztraminer do so very well with Asian meals, they don’t sell well in such restaurants simply due to the fact that Asian palates are still stuck on beer and sake/soju. I often see “hashi” Cali wine offered but when you think about how long it’s been sitting in that opened bottle, yeah I’d choose a beer, too.

Color: 10k gold. Nose: grapefruit, apple, green flowers. Mouthfeel: refreshing, not syrupy. Tail trail: 3 seconds. Flavors: Granny Smith apples, lemon zest, grapefruit cotton candy.

Yakima Valley AVA. 100% riesling. Handpicked at 22.6 brix on September 23, 2007 to retain acidity. Fermented 19 days at 60 degrees with RHST yeast then matured in stainless steel. Bottled March 24, 2008. 360 cases. Alcohol: 13.3%. TA 10.9g/L. pH 2.94. Residual sugar: 3.2%. Stelvin cap. Rated: 88. Value: $12. Paid: $15. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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