Every now and then, I find a wine that’s a lot of fun and will actually appeal to all of my wine friends – the snobs, the not-so-snobby, and the ones who drink because they like to drink.
Kevin Keith, of Dep’s Fine Wines, tweeted about a special last Friday on the Bombshell Red by Airfield Estates. I was instantly intrigued by the name and when I got to the store, well, the label actually sold me. (Yeah, I fell for the label.)
There was some serious wine to back up the label though. Before I rushed off with a bottle, I tried the Airfield Cabernet that was on the tasting table. It was quite good, so I was encouraged. But we tried the Bombshell Red the other night and I can promise, this is the wine I’m giving anyone who asks me to bring them a bottle.
I admit to being a little partial. Like the wine, I’m a curvy redhead, and this is certainly a voluptuous wine. A blend of 41% Syrah, 35% Merlot, 11% Cabernet, 5% Sangiovese, 4% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Franc, those curves come from just about everywhere. This is a fun wine, with a lot of fruit and spice on the nose that echos on the palate. There is a bunch of upfront jammy goodness, including some blackberries and some cinnamon toast to smooth it all out. Just to balance out the wine, there is a bit of tannin on the finish. We think this table wine would pair nicely with pizza or even a dry rub BBQ.
I’m heading out to Seattle in March for a non-wine-related conference. If I have time, I plan on renting a car and heading out to Prosser to visit Airfield Estates. If that doesn’t work out, you can bet I’ll be dropping by their winery on my way to the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla this summer.
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