Bottle Notes, Syrah

2010 Rasa Principia Reserve Syrah – 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.

Opaque purple in color. 14.4% ABV. Soaring nose of espresso, black fruits and tar. Full bodied with strong acidity. Dark and brooding. Black cherries, grilled meat and olive brine on the palate. Impressive finish. A truly unique interpretation of Washington Syrah. Not exactly in my wheelhouse but I can appreciate what is in my glass. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 92 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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