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.
The ’10 QED is 79% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache and 4% Viognier.
Deep crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Black fruits, tobacco, flowers and grilled meats on the nose. Great aromatics. Rich and full bodied with healthy acidity. Blackberries, black cherries, bacon fat and minerals on the palate. Seamless and well balanced. This wine has upside with additional years in the cellar. This wine is certainly well made but for my taste it never quite lives up to the reviews from the Wine Advocate, etc.
My rating: 91 points.
$50 at retail and at the winery.
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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