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2010 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard – 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.

Dark red in color. 14.2% ABV. 67.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32.5% Merlot from DuBrul Vineyard. Subtle nose of a newly opened box of Whitman Samplers, cassis and plums. Completely seamless and elegant on the palate. This wine has no rough edges. Flavors of cherries, currants, spice box, plums and graphite. Silky tannins on a long finish. I was expecting more of a bruising wine but this was showing nicely, even without a decant. 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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