I returned to Savage Grace quickly. I was in the mood for some refreshing, and unapologetically earth-driven, vibrant, fresh wine, and was not disappointed. Although I could have easily gone for most of these, I had to watch my steadily draining wine wallet. These 4 picks from the tasting are perfect for the summer, and include the robust and clean 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 De Gris (an interesting skin contact Pinot Gris), 2021 Gewurtztraminer (which I previously tasted), and 2018 Cot (an amazing value).
2022 Rose, Cabernet Franc A dry, racy Rose with juicy lemons, and mild grassy. notes. $28. Score 89. 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Red Willow, Yakima Valley. A sturdy, robust Sauvignon Blanc showing grapefruit, green apples, and a clean finish of lemon and stone. Great! $30. Score 92. 2022 Blanc Franc White cabernet franc. Red Willow, Yakima Valley. Whole cluster. A dry and elegant white, offering lime and lemongrass, a slight nuttiness, balanced by soft acidity. $30. Score 92. 2022 Chardonnay Oak Ridge, Columbia Gorge. A balanced Chardonnay with 6 months of neutral french oak, offering nectarine, lemon, and stone, with mild oak. $42. Score 91. 2022 De Gris (Skin Contact Pinot Gris) Soluna, Columbia Gorge. 40 days skin contact. Interesting dark copper in the glass. Full on the palate, with dried plum and drying tannins. A white meets rose meets red wine. Interesting! $35. Score 93. 2019 Cabernet Franc Two Blondes, Yakima Valley. A light cab franc with brighter fruit, notes of black pepper, vanilla and dried leaves with firm tannins. A nice summer cab franc. $40. Score 93. 2018 Cot Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley. A medium Malbec, offering red and dark fruit, balanced evenly with earth and firm tannins. Great value to quality. $28. Score 91. 2017 Syrah Red Willow, Yakima Valley. A lighter styled Syrah. Body is medium, with dark cherries, polished leather and touch of smoke and nicely structured tannins and tea leaf. $52. Score 93.