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Airfield Estates


Yakima Valley, Washington


50% Roussanne
48% Viognier
2% Marsanne


The winemaking for the Lightning begins with a pre-sort to make sure only ideal clusters are vinified. The grapes then go straight to press as whole clusters. The juice is pumped to tank where it is settled for 48 hours before racking to a new tank to start fermentation. Fermentation is started in tank and is kept at 60 degrees until 10 brix. At that point, the wine is transferred to barrel where fermentation is completed. No malolactic fermentation occurs (which helps the wine to retain more acidity and make it food friendly). The Lightning is barrel aged in 100% once and twice used French oak. Once and twice used barrels help the wine retain more fruit on the nose. The barrels are stirred every two weeks to release creamy texture from the lees in the barrel. In late August, the wine is pumped to tank, blended, filtered and then bottled under screw cap in early September.

Tasting Notes

This Rhone style white blend lights up the senses with flavors of ripe peach, citrus fruit, and accents of vanilla cream.

Food Pairing

With food-friendly acidity and a round, full-bodied mouthfeel, this wine can accompany a wide range of foods, such as salads, pasta with a light cream sauce, seared scallops, lobster, and roast turkey.