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 also released Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Petite Verdot, Grenache and Mourvedre. There is also a second label known as PB Wines. Pinto is the Managing Partner, while Billo is the Winemaker.
Light crimson in color. 14.1 % ABV. 100% Mourvedre from Monette’s and Alder Ridge vineyard. Black fruits, flowers, citrus and espresso on the nose. Great balance and seamless on the palate. Light and lean. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, white pepper and grilled meats. Supple tannins on a long spicy finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 90 points.
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.
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