Location: United States, Washington, Colombia Valley
This Walla Walla wine story begins with two wine collectors and oenophiles, Pinto and Billo Naravane. These guys decided to quit their jobs in the computer industry and move to Walla Walla, where they started Rasa Vineyards in 2007. What they’ve created is some exceptional, terroir driven wines. Billo Naravane serves as head winemaker and is one exceptional man, having a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a master’s degree from Stanford. His wine education is the one of the best out there as well, completing the wine program from UC Davis. It’s no wonder that this incredibly smart man makes some great wine.
We recently had the chance to try some other wines and the winemaking was very impressive, even in more challenging vintages of 2011 and 2010. Standouts include the 2012 Rasa ‘Monette’s Vineyard’ Mouvedre, which is a rich and viscous expression of the varietal and the best of its kind. Another wine that impressed was the 2009 Rasa ‘Principia’ Reserve Syrah, which captured the essence of a warm vintage, combining smooth mouthfeel with rich terroir and fruit. As a boutique producer, Rasa is pretty difficult to find in stores, but you can always check them out at rasavineyards.com.
|2009||RASA VINEYARDS 'Creative Impulse'||95||See Tasting Notes|
|2010||RASA VINEYARDS 'Creative Impulse'||93||See Tasting Notes|
|2011||RASA VINEYARDS 'Creative Impulse'||93||See Tasting Notes|
|2007||RASA VINEYARDS 'QED'||95||See Tasting Notes|
|2009||RASA VINEYARDS 'QED'||94||See Tasting Notes|
|2010||RASA VINEYARDS 'QED'||95||See Tasting Notes|
|2013||RASA VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Wallula Vineyard 'Dream Deferred'||90||See Tasting Notes|
|2011||RASA VINEYARDS Mourvèdre, Monette’s Vineyard 'Vox Populi'||92||See Tasting Notes|
|2012||RASA VINEYARDS Mourvèdre, Monette’s Vineyard 'Vox Populi'||95||See Tasting Notes|
|2013||RASA VINEYARDS Mourvèdre, Monette’s Vineyard 'Vox Populi'||93||See Tasting Notes|
|2009||RASA VINEYARDS Syrah 'Principia' Reserve||93||See Tasting Notes|
|2010||RASA VINEYARDS Syrah 'Principia' Reserve||93||See Tasting Notes|
|2011||RASA VINEYARDS Syrah 'Principia' Reserve||93||See Tasting Notes|