Graceful Impulse: Savage Grace Cab & Syrah/Grenache Blend

Fellow Wine Lovers, last October I was very pleased to offer you the wines of Savage Grace, named so for their balance of the savage, rustic, old world qualities of wines, alongside the graceful, beautiful, pretty qualities. I knew then that they would soon find their way to the front lines of highly sought after Washington wines, and one of our goals with Impulse Wine is to be ahead of the curve, finding the wines everyone will want tomorrow, and offer them to you today. Recently I was excited to see an article from Seattle Magazine featuring their favorite new Washington wines, listed among them some Impulse Wine favorites such as Upchurch Vineyard, Sonoris Winery, and yes, Savage Grace. Just so happens, I was getting geared up to offer you some of their newest wines, this time a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Syrah/Grenache blend.

This offer comes with a 10% case discount, mixed case or otherwise.

Savage Grace 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $27.99

There’s something about this Cabernet Sauvignon that’s truly unlike any other I’ve had from Washington State; I find it so light and graceful, I would have sworn it came from Bordeaux, France. For those who enjoyed the Cabernet Franc featured on Impulse in October, I know you’ll love this Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sourced mostly from Dineen Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this relatively cooler sight gives rise to a Cab loaded sweet and savory herbs such as sage, oregano, and rosemary. With 25% of the fruit coming from the relatively warmer Ambassador Vineyard on Red Mountain, which contributes to an undertone of ripe black raspberries and red currants.

Definitely dominated by aromas and flavors other than fruit, this is something lovers of Bordeaux and Chinon (Loire Valley Cabernet Franc) will really enjoy, very smooth, and fairly medium bodied for a Cab. It’s aged using less new oak but with longer aging in barrels (24 months in 25% new barrels) to make for more nuanced complexity that’s not dominated by heavy woody flavors. It brings out the Savage in the wine with hints of wild berry vines and bramble, an innate smokiness and hints of black cherries.

Michael Savage made just 50 cases of this Cabernet Sauvignon, and we’re really pleased to be able to offer 4 of those cases on Impulse. First come first serve.

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Region: Yakima Valley, Washington State
Vineyards: 75% Dineen Vineyard, 25% Ambassador Vineyard
Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 24 months in French oak barrel, 25% new
Drinkability: Now – 2020
Body: Medium
Food Pairings: Prime Rib, meatloaf
Production: 50 cases
Availability: 4 cases

Savage Grace 2012 Syrah/Grenache Blend $26.99

There’s no going back, the secret is out that Washington is making truly world class Syrah and Grenache, and blends thereof. True to form, this Savage Grace blend is smooth but with an inkling of rusticity. It combines the smokiness of Syrah from Ambassador Vineyard on Red Mountain, the pretty floral essence of Grenache from Den Hoed Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hill, and the earthiness of Syrah sourced from Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Frenchman Hills or the Columbia Valley.

A nose of violets and lightly candied cherries gives way to a medium bodied palate with flavors of blueberries, cracked green peppercorn, and fruit leathers, rounded out with medium acidity. It’s aged for 11 months in all neutral oak barrels, so there’s no heavy oaky notes, and it’s great with food.

Michael Savage made only 75 cases of this Syrah/Grenache blend, and we’re excited for the opportunity to offer 4 of those cases, first come first serve.

Click here to order the Savage Grace Syrah/Grenache

Region: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: Den Hoed, Ambassador, Stillwater Creek
Grape: 65% Syrah 35% Grenache
Aging: 11 months in neutral oak barrels
Drinkability: Now – 2019
Body: Medium
Food Pairings: Wild Boar Ragu, braised meats
Production: 75 cases
Availability: 4 cases