Bombing RangeJust in time for barbeque season, in flies McKinley Springs’ Bombing Range 2010 Red Wine.

The wine was developed as a tribute to our troops and the 2,000 acres of McKinley Springs’ estate vineyard that once served as a training area for WWII-era fighter pilots of P-40 Hawk fighter planes.

Bombing Range Red sports an eye catching label with a photo of an airman toasting (Photoshop?) a Hawk fighter plane on the tarmac. Inside is some palate catching wine.

Deep garnet color with dark cherry, blueberry and spice aromas frame the pleasant tannins, medium weight and balanced acidity. This makes this wine hit squarely in the taste sweet spot with dark, rich berry and plum flavors. This selection is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The large Syrah component offers up that luxurious velvety roundness and is a classic representation of the grape coming from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. The neutral oak aging lets each of the grape’s flavors have a voice.

Blind tasting one might think a classic Tuscan varietal is at play. That flavor stream is the Mourvedre talking. With this grape’s inky black color and deep berry flavor, rather than the bright fruit of the Italian, even the small percentage is noticeable.

Bombing Range Red’s inaugural vintage was 2005. Throughout time Doug Rowell’s winemaking skills for this label have become noted as resulting in a consistent wine with great value.

The winery also makes a Bombing Range white blend of Chenin Blanc 52% and Viognier 48%, which pays tribute to the inclusion of Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) during WWII.

McKinley Springs not only presents these wines as a tip of the wing to WWII air men and women. They host an annual fundraiser in mid-June to benefit the Guardians of Freedom Project. This project works to bring new clothing and daily essentials to U.S. walking wounded soldiers.

This year’s 7th Annual McKinley Springs BBQ Showdown & Benefit is June 14. The competition will feature 29 Northwest and Canadian teams.

Wine Fast Facts:

  • Winery – McKinley Springs
  • Proprietary Name -Bombing Range Red
  • Vintage – 2010
  • Appellation – Horse Heaven Hills
  • Varietal Breakdown – Syrah 56%, Cabernet Sauvignon 22%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Mourvedre 10%
  • Aging – Aged 22 months in 10% new and 90% neutral French oak
  • Alcohol – 14.5%
  • Suggested Retail Price – $16