2018 Malbec (Côt)
Dineen Vineyard, Yakima Valley, WA
What we love
Crafted with a nod to Malbec made in the southwest of France, this gem is fresh and vibrant. Gorgeous crunchy blueberries and strawberries burst from the glass along with lavender and violet floral aromas. Juicy and bright on the palate with pretty bay leaf and tarragon leads into a savory lingering finish. This is such a fun wine that will refresh and revive! Serve with roasted meats and root veggies for a real treat.
About this Wine
This wine is made from Malbec grapes and reminiscent of a lighter style made in the Loire Valley, where the grape is called Côt (pronounced “Coh”). It was fermented using 100% whole clusters, in a nod to a Beaujolais-style. Light-bodied and savory, with crunchy tannins from the stem inclusion.
93 points – Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast
- Technical Data:
- 100% Malbec
- Alcohol: 12.5%
Meet the Winemaker
Savage Grace Wines
Savage Grace Wines owner-winemaker Michael Savage is a bit of a Washington outsider.
Whereas the state wine industry’s reputation often falls on full-bodied, plush wines from iconic eastern Washington producers like Cayuse, his Savage Grace wines are betting on subtler, more delicate expressions... and on the lesser-known region: Columbia Gorge.
His vision is to make Old World style lower-alcohol, balanced, and expressive wines. “I’m looking for wine that goes with food,” says Savage, “that’s packed with flavor and aroma, but deceptively light-bodied.”
A musician in a former life, Savage learned winemaking at a larger winery whose process and style did not jibe with him. “I decided in the beginning that I wasn’t going to make wine like that.” The wines, made by Savage and his wife Grace Hearn, nevertheless decline to veer into the dilute, underripe, aggressively green school of lean winemaking. “I have a feeling you’re going to start seeing more wines like this coming out of the state,” says Savage. “I think we’re on the cusp of a change.”
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