What: Savage Grace Cabernet Franc Copeland Vineyard Rattlesnake Hills 2015 $28
Why: Cabernet franc plays fourth fiddle to cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah in terms of red wines in Washington. Stylistically, most wineries in the state treat cab franc similarly to cabernet sauvignon, lavishing it with abundant amounts of new oak that can obscure the variety’s nuances.
One winery that doesn’t do this is Woodinville’s Savage Grace. Savage Grace makes a completely unique, quite compelling style of Cabernet Franc. The winery releases the wine young. To wit, the current vintage is a 2015, more akin to when many white wines are being released. Additionally, the wine saw only neutral oak aging, putting the focus squarely on the variety’s purity.
The 2015 Savage Grace Cabernet Franc Copeland Vineyard Rattlesnake Hills ($28) is another winner from this young winery. It offers pretty aromas of rhubarb, raspberry and flowers. The palate is pure and appealing, showing a fine sense of elegance and a lingering finish. Drink up!