' Airfield Estates - 2017 Lightning | Washington State White Wine
 

2017 Lightning

$25.00 per Bottle
 
 

Tasting Notes

65% Viognier, 35% Chardonnay. Aged 9 months in 100% French Oak (50% new, 30% 2-3 year old, 20% neutral) This luscious blend has vivacious aromatics that are reminiscent of bananas foster and caramel apples, that leads into secondary flavors of roasted pecans and fresh lavender. The palate is impeccably balanced with tertiary flavors of smoked vanilla beans and toffee, exiting the palate with a long and creamy finish.

Vineyard Designation

100% estate grown

Vineyard Notes

To begin 2017, Eastern Washington was in the midst of a brutal winter that lingered on into early March. Our concerns of winter damage to the vines were alleviated towards the end of April when our vineyards came back to life with bud break. Bud Break was a bit behind a normal Washington vintage but not by much. Spring of 2017 was warm, and this led to rapid growth in the vineyards, our vineyard team was quick to manage excessive growth, so our vines met our winemaking goals. The spring led into a perfect Eastern Washington Summer with warm days and cool nights that we are keen to for a great growing season. Veraison happened around the first of August and with all the last-minute adjustments to crop size we were very pleased about what we would see in 2017. Wildfires were of a great deal of concern for us, as damaging as these fires were, our Estate vineyard was not impacted by the excessive smoke we saw in the state creating a huge sigh of relief from the vineyard and winemaking teams. Very similar to the 2016 vintage, we saw a much cooler than average September that slowed the ripening process down quite a bit. This allowed the grapes to hang on their vines much longer allowing them to achieve optimal ripeness for flavors and sugar content. This did mean a later season for us as we brought in the last of our grapes in early November. Overall, we are pleased that we were not affected by all the smoke and are more than pleased with all the extra efforts and arduous work our vineyard team accomplished in making our fruit of exceptional quality which in turn created wonderful wines.

Production Notes

Our Lightning blend, much like all our reserve tier wines, begins in the vineyard. Sourced from our Estate grown vineyard from reserve tier blocks that have been cropped to lower yields to showcase more concentrated flavors and depth of the wines. Each of these elements that went into the Lightning blend were hand harvested at optimal maturity in late September and sent directly to the press as whole clusters for a gentle pressing. After pressing and cold settling of solids for 72 hours, the juice was clean racked to exclusive French oak barrels where it was fermented cool and aged in these barrels. After fermentation each barrel was inoculated for Malo-lactic fermentation and closely monitored, the wines were then allowed to undergo 50% completion of Malo-Lactic Fermentation before being shut down. After fermentations were completed, the lees in each barrel were stirred twice a month for 3 months to help build body and soften the texture of the wine. Aged for 9 months before being sent to tank for bottling preparations, this wine is ready to drink right away or to be cellared for several years.

Pairings

Roasted Winter Squashes
Paella
Fettuccine Alfredo
Dubliner, Burrata
Download Wine Notes
Vintage 2017
Wine Style Dry White Wine
Varietal White Blend - Lightning
Appellation Yakima Valley
Acid 6.4
PH 3.49
Ageability Now through 2025
Bottling Date June 2018
Alcohol % 13.7
Size Bottle