Savage Grace, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley, WA
Red Willow Vineyard is located at the far western end of Yakima Valley AVA. This unique Cabernet Sauvignon is made with only neutral oak barrels (no new oak). Intense, elegant, and meaty with red and black cherry fruit. Native fermentation. Unfiltered.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Yakima Valley
SUBREGION: Columbia Valley
VINEYARD: Red Willow
GRAPES: 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon
SOIL: Calcareous, volcanic soils with an influence of ancient riverbeds.
PRACTICE: Biodynamic, sustainable farming, vegan friendly
VINIFICATION: Neutral oak barrels, native fermentation, unfiltered.
BODY: Medium to Full (7-8)
PRIMARY AROMAS: scorched earth, moss, ember, tobacco, herb and raspberry
FLAVOR: restrained raspberry flavors with intensity and freshness
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with braised short ribs, burgers, lamb, venison, or portobello mushrooms.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“Savage Grace Wines was established in 2011 by owner-wine-maker Michael Savage, with a vintage of Cabernet Franc. His vision is to make Old World style lower-alcohol, balanced, and expressive wines. He is continuing to deepen his core understanding of all stages in the vinification process, to put his philosophy of low-intervention winemaking into practice, where the grape, vineyard and vintage form a unique balance.”
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS: Red Willow
Red Willow is located in the northwest corner of the Yakima Valley and on the south slopes of Ahtanum Ridge. This is also within the bounds of the Yakima Indian Reservation. The furthest western vineyard within the Yakima Valley AVA. Made up of four distinctive blocks. Founded in 1971 Red Willow is one of the oldest vineyards in Washington State. The vines are grown on steep hillsides, with unique formations of soils unlike any other. the valley gradually rises to put it between 1100-1300 ft. elevation. A gentle south-east facing slope flows throughout most of the 60 acre block. Soils are classified as a Warden sandy loam.
Some 12,000 years ago, the peninsula-shaped land formation was bordered by water during the repeated Lake Missoula floods which occurred at the end of the ice age. Due to its higher elevation, 1200-1300 feet, the peninsula vineyard site was above the water level and thus was not affected by the water deposited silt and sand that much of the valley floor received. Its soils are poorer and more ancient than those of lower elevations.