Airfield Aviator Bordeaux Blend  2009 750ml
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Airfield Aviator Bordeaux Blend 2009

Airfield - Washington State - United States - Yakima Valley

Professional Wine Reviews for Airfield Aviator Bordeaux Blend 2009

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2009 Aviator is made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, with the balance Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec aged in 50% new French oak for 21 months. It was a barrel-selection of the best Bordeaux varieties in the cellar. It exhibits an inviting nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, incense, violets, herbs, black currant, and blackberry which set the stage for a rich, savory, plush, layered wine with excellent depth and length. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2024. There is one sweet wine in the collection.
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Winery: Airfield

Vintage: 2009

Despite less than ideal climatic conditions, featuring storms which threatened an otherwise perfect year, most parts of California had an excellent year for viticulture. Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs were picked at optimum ripeness, and Californian white wine was just about as good as it could be. Surprises and overcoming difficulties summed up much of the United States' wine industry in 2009, and many of the results from Oregon, Washington State and all over California speak for themselves, with the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon grapes having developed healthy, thick skins and thus plenty of character and distinction. Elsewhere in the New World, South Africa had a very good year in 2009, and wineries across the cape of the African continent are proclaiming it a truly great vintage. In most of Europe, fine weather and punctual ripening periods produced some excellent wines, with many of the best coming out of France's Bordeaux and the surrounding regions. Merlot had an exceptionally good year in France, and wineries are proclaiming that the 2009 Merlot harvest was one of the best in living memory. Indeed, across most of France, ripening was relatively even, and red wine grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Syrah and others were reportedly highly characterful, with plenty of the required tannin levels with which to make high quality wines. Italy, too, had a very good 2009. Piedmont reported extremely favorable conditions throughout 2009, and their signature Nebbiolo grapes were more or less perfect when harvested, having benefited from the slight drop in temperature at the end of their ripening period. Veneto, too, had an enviable year, producing superb Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay wines in 2009.

Region: Washington State

Washington is the second largest wine producing region in the United States, after California, with over forty thousand acres currently under vine, and over six hundred wineries currently operating there. Since the first wineries were established there in 1825, Washington has produced a wide range of wines, made mostly with classic Old World grape varietals. Indeed, their Merlot and Chardonnay wines were immensely popular over the past few decades, and helped establish this state as a serious producer in regards to New World fine wines. The dry and arid eastern side of the country is heavily irrigated, and holds over ninety-nine percent of the state's wineries, each producing the state's characteristic bright, fruit-forward red wines and dry, crisp acidic white wines, both of which are increasing in popularity around the world.

Country: United States

The first European settlers to consider growing grapevines in the United States must have been delighted when they discovered the now famous wine regions within California, Oregon and elsewhere. Not even in the Old World are there such fertile valleys, made ideal for vine cultivation by the blazing sunshine, long, hot summers and oceanic breezes. As such, it comes as little surprise that today more than eighty-nine percent of United States wines are grown in the valleys and on the mountainsides of California, where arguably some of the finest produce in the world is found. However, American wine does not begin and end with California, and due to the vast size of the country and the incredible range of terrains and climates found within the United States, there is probably no other country on earth which produces such a massive diversity of wines. From ice wines in the northern states, to sparkling wines, aromatized wines, fortified wines, reds, whites, rosÚs and more, the United States has endless surprises in store for lovers of New World wines.

Appellation: Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley in Washington State is one of the country's most productive and important wine regions, featuring over eleven thousand acres of high quality vineyards specializing in fine imported grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and many others. The region itself is a dry and warm one, ideal for the cultivation of many of the aforementioned grape varietals, and one which produces grapes of extraordinary quality and character. The quality of Yakima Valley's wines has helped it become the key player in Washington's wine industry, with as much as forty percent of the state's wines coming from this particular region. The wineries of Yakima Valley are famous for being dedicated to quality above quantity, and are keen to show the world the excellence of their state's produce.