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2009 Rasa Vineyards In Order To Form a More Perfect Union Red Wine Columbia Valley
Producer: Rasa Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Region: Columbia Valley
92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012
(15.2% alcohol; 41% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 23% cabernet franc): Good bright red-ruby. Expressive nose combines red cherry, rose petal and a whiff of menthol, plus a suggestion of minerality; shows strong evidence of the cabernet franc component as well as a distinct Barbaresco quality. Densely packed, silky and uncompromisingly dry, with the concentrated cherry and raspberry fruit element complicated by saline minerality and musky soil tones. Offers a lovely combination of breadth and inner-mouth perfume, and finishes with excellent grip. The Naravanes pay by the acre for this fruit from DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus and Weinbau and the overall yield was in the two-tons-per-acre range. This will need patience.