2016 by McKinley Springs

 

OUR ESTATE WINES

Our tribute to our troops and the Horse Heaven Hills’ colorful history. During WWII our land was used as a training ground for U.S. fighter pilots. The U.S. P-40 Hawk fighter planes depicted on our label truly captures the spirit of our Bombing Range Red. We pay tribute to military females, with an original photograph depicting four female pilots and their ship, Pistol Packin' Mama.

 

BOMBING RANGE WHITE

A blend of estate Viognier (58%) and Chenin Blanc (42%). Fermented and aged sur lie in stainless steel tanks. Brilliant yellow color with citrus and grapefruit aromas. Flavors of green apple, pineapple and lemon zest lead to a long juicy finish with just the perfect touch of acidity. An irresistible pairing with fresh crab or seared halibut.

 

 BOMBING RANGE RED

An estate blend of Syrah (29%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%),Cabernet Franc (18%), Malbec (18%), and Mourvedre' (10%), Aged 21 months in 10% new and 90% neutral oak (50% French/50% American). It is a  deep garnet color with dark cherry and ripe plum aromas. Big and juicy with soft gripping tannins that lead to a nice peppery finish. An excellent food wine!

 
 

WHITE WINE VARIETAL

BOMBING RANGE BLENDS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

 A blend of the original “old block” planted in 1980, and a newer block 17.  Aged 21 months

in 40% new oak barrels (50% French and 50% American). A garnet red wine with dark cherry, coffee and cocoa powder aromas. It has flavors of earth, dark fruits, and dried cranberries with a smooth finish and a hint of spice.

Enjoy with a fatty cowboy Rib eye steak right off the grill or pasta with tomato sauce.

 

90 Points“…This supple, open-textured red is delicious for its blueberry, plum and spice flavors, lingering effortlessly against refined tannins.  Drink now through 2015." -  Issue July 2011

SYRAH

Co-fermented with 4% Viognier, a common practice in France’s Rhône Valley that brightens fruit flavors and elongates the finish of this elegant Washington grown Syrah. Aged 17 months in 30% new oak barrels of which 33% are American and 67% are French. It is garnet in color with aromas of blackberry and French vanilla. Flavors of dark cherry and peach lead to a rich soft finish. Pairs well with a stoned fired meat pizza .

 

88 Points –"….the oak is pleasantly dialed back here allowing the pure notes of plum, cherry and espresso to shine through…” 

 

PETIT VERDOT

Typically a varietal that is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add deep color - we have found that this wine was completely outstanding all on its own so we decided to get it in the bottle as a single variety! Aged 22 months 40% new oak all Alain Fouquet French oak barrels. A deep purple wine with blueberries and violet aromas. On the palate it is big and bold with delicious blackberry, and dark fruit.  It is well structured with a long lingering finish. Pairs with BBQ tri-tip!


91 Points - ... delivers a full blast of smoke, crushed rock, black pepper, incense, and blackberry that jumps from the glass. Already complex, this rich, layered effort has exceptional depth and length."

RED WINE VARIETALS
 
 
 
VIOGNIER

Aged sur lie in stainless steel tanks. A pale straw yellow wine with delicate floral notes. Balanced flavors of juicy pear, citrus and lime with a nice crisp finish. It comes from vineyard blocks 12 and 13, planted in 2003. Pairs well with fish tacos or Thai food.


91 Points “McKinley Springs is showing a deft touch with its white wines.  This one has absolutely lovely aromas of beeswax and honeysuckle, leading into lime and citrus on the palate."

 

 

UNBROKEN                                                                       

This blended red wine celebrates the spirit of the farming families of the Horse Heaven Hills. 

It is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 19% Malbec, and 11% Cabernet Franc.  Aged 11 months in 17% New oak (60% French and 40% American).  Highly aromatic with sweet cherry cola and lavender.  Vanilla, juicy dark fruits, blackberry liquor on the palate.  Soft, supple tannins give way to an incredible, smooth and lingering finish.  Screams for a juicy cheeseburger!