Rasa Vineyards is a relatively new winery located in Walla Walla, Washington. Founded in 2007 by brothers Pinto and Billo Naravane, Rasa specializes in Syrah-based wines but has recently released Cabernet, Riesling and Mourvedre. Pinto is the Managing Partner, while Billo is the Winemaker.
The 2007 QED was the first wine produced by Rasa. The wine is 94% Syrah, 3% Grenache and 3% Mourvedre. The majority of the fruit comes from Les Collines Vineyard in Walla Walla. Syrah from Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla and Lewis Vineyard in Yakima are also in the mix here. The Grenache and Mourvedre are sourced from Minick Vineyard in Yakima.
The wine is still purple in color. The nose is huge with blackberries, cherry, espresso and chocolate. More cherry, white pepper, grilled meats, raspberry, tar and bacon on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and balanced with perfect acidity. This wine should age well for at least another five years. The wine lacks some of the funk that I really adore in Washington Syrah, but that’s just a minor critique. What a debut!
The name QED comes from the mathematics background of the brothers. QED is traditionally written at the end of a mathematical proof and means “I’ve proven what I set out to prove.”
In this case the proof is in the bottle.
Rasa is open by appointment. They are also open on Walla Walla Spring Release weekend and Cayuse release weekend. The wines are available via the website, and the mailing list is still open. Rasa is one of the up and coming stars in Washington – don’t miss out.
My rating: 91 points.
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