Airfield Estates Runway Red Blend
This delicious co-fermented blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits complex aromas of dark cherry, fig, and currant with cocoa and smoked caramel. Smooth and refined tannins lead into secondary flavors of anise, espresso, and sweet plum. Finishing with an elegant balance of acidity that lingers with oak spices on the palate for an incredible amount of time.
Harvested at Optimal maturity in mid-October from our reserve blocks in our Estate Vineyard, both the Cab Franc and Merlot were hand-harvested at the same time, these grapes were then destemmed and sent to the same tank to Co-ferment together. After a cold soaking period, the wines were then inoculated with two different types of yeast strains; one to promote structure and varietal characteristics, the other for more bountiful fruit aromas. Our extraction protocol for a wine of this caliber is to be more aggressive early on in fermentation, giving the wine a delastage (remove all juice from skins, the returning the juice back to skins) this gives us most of our color, aromatics, and structure before higher alcohol levels are present. Once Alcohol gets to about 9-10% we handle the fermentation much more gently with fewer pump overs and punch downs. Fermented dry on the skins for about 18 days, then free ran from the skins and gently pressed. The wine was then sent to exclusive French Oak barrels. Aged in 60% New French Oak and 40% Neutral French Oak for 18 months.