Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2011 Rasa Chardonnay Dream Deferred – Bottle Notes

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.

Lightly straw colored. 13.5% ABV. Lemon oil, minerals and pears on the nose. Lush mouthfeel with decent acidity. Peaches, lychee fruit and green apples on the palate. The first Chardonnay from Rasa. Good but not great. Drink over the next several years. Tough price point at $45.

My rating: 89 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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