2020 Three Rivers Artz Vineyard Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc Blend, Red Mountain
The Semillon and sur lie aging has added weight to the mid-palate which gives the wine beautiful depth while remaining zesty, clean and crisp.
Our intention with this blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc was to highlight the varietal aromatics and characteristics to create a crisp yet elegant white blend.
70% Artz Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Red Mountain 30% Artz Vineyard Semillon, Red Mountain
Red Mountain AVA
3 months in 100% neutral French oak
January 19, 2021
The 2020 vintage presented a mild and uneventful winter. Spring was very wet and stormy which lead to increased soil moisture that in turn increased canopy growth. Summer temperatures were hot and dry which lead to consistent ripening. The temperatures started to wane in the beginning of September which allowed us to pick at optimal ripeness.
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 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 Willams family.