Savage Impulse – Savage Grace Wines

Fellow wine lovers, I just tasted another of Washington’s up and coming boutiques. Savage Grace is a brand new winery focused on showcasing the state’s top terroirs, and they’re doing it at down to earth prices. Tasting through the lineup, it’s no challenge to see why wine writer Paul Gregutt gives them “A sincere bravo! for a job well done.”

The name is derived from owner Michael Savage and his wife Grace, but it represents much more than that. The Savage in the name is that Michael maintains, even nurtures, the primal aspects of the grape and the sites from which he sources them, with no desire to tame them whatsoever. The grace is demonstrated within the wines’ lower alcohol, minimal use of oak, and all around balance. These are the most affordable single vineyard wines I’ve seen coming from flagship sites like Red Willow and Celilo. I like the wines so much, and they’re such a great value that I’ve decided to offer the whole line up. Also, for the first time ever, I’m offering a 10% discount on a mixed case of any of the wines from this email offer. Any order of 12 bottles or more of these wines will get the 10% savings. Our shopping cart system doesn’t support mixed case discounts, so I assure you that I will apply the discount myself manually after you’ve made your order, and you’ll get a receipt showing it.

Savage Grace 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Red Willow Vineyard $15.99

You may have conjectured based on past offerings that Red Willow is one of my favorite vineyards in Washington. There aren’t a lot of Sauvignon Blancs from the site, and those that are available usually weigh in at $5-10 more than the Savage Grace iteration. It features the complexities of a top Washington vineyard and at the same time reminds me of the elegance of France’s Loire Valley. It’s has integrated citrus qualities, a hint of birch, balanced by acidity and minerality, and it’s a perfect companion for shellfish as we dive into one of the best seasons for fresh oysters. Just 71 cases were made of this one.

There are only 5 total cases available of this this wine
Region: Yakima Valley AVA
Vineyard: Red Willow Vineyard Les Vignes de Marcoux
Alcohol: 12.7% abv
Production: 71 cases
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Savage Grace 2012 “Grace” Chardonnay, Celilo Vineyard $19.99

Coming from one of my favorite Chardonnay vineyards in the state, the “Grace” features everything I love about the grape. Old Vine Chardonnay combined with very restrained usage of oak results in a wine with a lot of flavor without being overbearing. Juicy apples, wet stones, and a hint of brioche make this an outstanding pairing for a succulent piece of Halibut. There were only 83 cases of the Chardonnay made

There are only 2 cases available of the “Grace” Chard
Region: Columbia Gorge AVA
Vineyard: Celilo Vineyard
Alcohol: 13.3% abv
Production: 83 cases
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Savage Grace 2012 Riesling, Underwood Mountain Vineyard $16.99

One of Washington’s claims to fame, no other state commands the sort of international respect that we do when it comes to Riesling. Underwood Mountain Vineyard has been real strong on my radar lately, as I’ve seen many great wines from burgeoning wineries sourcing from here. This Riesling is off dry, with a hint of residual sugar, which is rounded out perfectly by just the right amount of acidity. Classic notes of white flowers, lime, and honey make me want to enjoy it with freshly caught king crab. Michael made only 95 cases of the Riesling

We have 4 cases available.
Region: Columbia Gorge AVA
Vineyard: Underwood Mountain
Alcohol: 10.5% abv
Production: 95 cases
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Savage Grace 2012 Cabernet Franc, Copeland Vineyard $21.99
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My stand out favorite (I’m drinking it right now) is the Cab Franc. I’m always on the hunt for a bottle just like this one, ripe enough to be expressive, but not so ripe that you won’t distinguish it from a Cabernet Sauvignon. There are notes of pomegranate and raspberries, hints of dried leaves and dark potting soil, finished with black and green peppercorns. Great with roast beef and cured meats. This wine is not yet released to the public by the winery, so I’m excited to be the first to offer it to you. Michael Savage produced just 81 cases

We have just 4 cases available of this Cabernet Franc
Region: Rattlesnake Hills AVA (Yakima Valley)
Vineyard: Copeland Vineyard
Alcohol: 12.5% abv
Production: 81 cases
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