About the Vineyard:
“Our family has been farming in the Yakima Valley for over four generations. One of the pinnacle landmarks on our farm is the 70 year old Lone Birch Tree that resides amongst our vineyard. This tree not only provides shade to workers and direction to lost travelers, but most importantly, it provides inspiration to our family. The birch tree was planted by our great-great-grandfather, who had a great love for nature and was an inspirational steward of the land. This symbolic tree serves as a reminder of our commitment to care for the environment, reduce our carbon footprint, utilize sustainable farming practices, and ensure our farm lives on for generations to come.”
Airfield Riesling is made in the fashion called Kabinett, this style is when the grapes are harvested early in their sugar development yet has the flavors, ripeness and brisk acidity we are looking for. The goal is to create a wine that is lower in alcohol with brisk acidity and balanced natural residual sugar. Harvested in early October, the grapes were not de-stemmed and were sent directly to the press as whole clusters. After gentle pressing, the wine was settled for 72 hours before being racked off its lees to begin fermentation. To maintain the fresh fruit characteristics of the wine, we fermented at a cold temperature of 56 degrees that lasted for nearly 4 weeks before fermentation was seized to maintain the wines natural residual sugar.
This Riesling exhibits a perfumed floral bouquet leading to flavors of white peach and pear.