I finally had a chance to visit Airfield Estates in their prime location in the Hollywood District, where parking can often be disastrous. I was pleasantly surprised by the well crafted wine at very reasonable pricing. Their estate vineyard lies in Yakima Valley, with some old vines planted back in the late 60s.
I loved the 2021 Pinot Gris, 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, both great values for the summer, and the 2020 Founders Series Michael Miller, a well blended GSM (or rather SGM in this case).
2021 Pinot Gris
Nicely weighted, offering peach and pineapple, savory herb, citrus peel, concrete with rounded acidity and a lengthy finish. Good value. $20. Score 92.
Half half french oak and concrete. An interesting interplay of lime and melon, gently oaked. Silky, creamy, and full on the palate, finishing with soft lemons. Good value. $17. Score 92.
2022 Sauvignon Blanc
Juicy lime, fleshy apricot with notes of baked apple, vanilla. The palate is racy, finish is crisp and dry with citrus peel. $17. Score 91.
2022 Sangiovese Rose
Fleshy peach, ruby grapefruit, watermelon and lime with notes of white flower. $18. Score 90.
2019 Reserve Merlot
Soft on the palate with plum, dark and candied cherries, red currants and cocoa nibs explode and resolve with a long finish of strong tobacco, pencil lead, and drying tannins. $35. Score 91.
2020 Founders Series Michael Miller
80% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 9% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier. Heavy black and white pepper and juicy black and red plum, tobacco and dark chocolate. Focused and lengthy. $50. Score 92.
2020 Reserve Syrah
Silky soft and weightless on the palate, up front with black and blueberries, finishing with drying tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and slightly grippy tannins. $35. Score 91.
Enticing nose of cherries, rose petals, white pepper and toffee. A light and refreshingly dry grenache, offering strawberrie preserves, raspberries, rhubarb, with a drying finish of tobacco and light smoke. An excellent appetizer summer Grenache. $40. Score 91.