2016 Sangiovese Blend "Spitfire" (Airfield Estates)
Airfield Estates, Sangiovese Blend "Spitfire", Columbia Valley, Washington State 201657% Sangiovese, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon BLACK CHERRY & DRIED GOJIS, TOASTY VANILLA & SWEET CIGAR-ISH AROMAS Sangiovese isn’t among the most readily recognized adoptees among Washington’s very apt viticultural areas, but it has emerged as a niche variety with a lot to say east of the Cascades. This full-figured, resolutely new-world-ish outing from Airfield leaps out at us with ripe fruit and oak-emboldened power right off the bat but quickly evolves under air, revealing undercurrents of tobacco, mahogany timber, and vanilla chai with black tea bravado. Serving Suggestion: Filet mignon w/ sautéd flat beans & boiled fingerling potatoes w/ chives. Hearty empanadas w/ mole, sweet potato, & tempeh (or dark meat of turkey for a more carnivorous option).