2018 Three Rivers Artz Vyd Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain AVA
90 Points - Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
The 2018 Artz Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon displays dense black fruit with layered minerality. Dark cherry and flavors of espresso, cocoa powder and sandalwood give this wine a robust mouthfeel. Truly a terroir driven wine with refined tannins, this beast is big and brawny, yet beautifully balanced.
100% Artz Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Mountain AVA
17 months in 83% new French oak
March 16, 2020
A mild wet winter led to a cool wet spring. With bud break at a near normal pace we headed into June with yet more rain. July and August really heated up with temperatures over 100°F and smoky skies. September revealed ideal conditions for a beautiful uneventful harvest.
Artz Vineyard is named for Fred Artz, a legendary grape grower on Red Mountain. Artz helped plant and manage the famed Klipsun Vineyard for more than 20 years before buying adjacent land and planting his own vineyard. The vineyard is planted on the lower bench of Red Mountain, overlooking the Yakima River at an elevation of 652’ facing southwest. The predominant soil types of Red Mountain are Warden, Hezel and Scootenay which are a series of wind-blown loess. This variety of soil presents a combination of sand, silt and loam which are exceptional for growing grapes. Artz Vineyard is now owned by the Red Mountain pioneers, the Williams family.