Kennedy Shah 2012 Artz Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain, $45
Woodinville’s Woodhouse Wine Estates winemaker Jean-Claude Beck, a native of Alsace, brought in these grapes grown by the late Fred Artz on Red Mountain. The longtime former Klipsun Vineyard manager passed away in 2015, and this vineyard-designate Cab Franc serves as a wonderful living tribute, opening with red currant, fresh rosemary, brown sugar and California peppercorns. There’s richness of ripe currants and cherries from start to finish as juicy acidity keeps pushing nonstop. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 58 cases