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I’ll be in Walla Walla this week to taste through our barrels. We’ll be bottling 3 wines in the middle of March and we need to make some key decisions this week. Aside from the 2008 QED, we will bottle two new wines – a 2008 Mourvedre and a 2009 Riesling.
The Mourvedre is from Minick Vineyard in Prosser. We weren’t planning on making a 100% Mourvedre wine but the quality is so high, we decided to make a varietal wine out of it.

2009 was our first vintage for making a white wine – a Riesling. I love riesling. 50% of the grapes are from Dionysus Vineyard and 50% are from Bacchus Vineyard. Since both the vineyards are right next to each other, the terroir is the same. I liked the way our Riesling was tasting in early December. I’m really excited about how this is going to turn out.
Both the labels for the Mourvedre and Riesling are done and we should get TTB approval this week. Then we’ll get them printed just in time for bottling - nothing like a tight schedule.

On Feb 2, Rasa Vineyards will be one of 16 wineries taking part in the Taste Walla Walla event at the City Winery in New York. We will be pouring the 2007 QED and the 2007 Principia Reserve Syrah.

Advanced ticket pricing is $35 per person. After Jan 24, tickets are $50 per person. Please click thumbnail for further details.

If you are in the area, please join us.


Rand Sealey is a 40-year veteran of the Washington wine industry.  His Review of Washington Wines ( is a monthly on-line publication.  Here’s what he had to say about our 2007 QED and 2007 Principia:

2007 QED

    Composed of 94% Syrah with the balance Grenache and Mourvedre, this wine exhibits a deep ruby color and a rich, smoky raspberry, black cherry and blueberry nose. The red/black fruit flavors are expansive and forward, yet focused, multilayered with notes of licorice, earth, leather, cocoa, coffee and vanilla bean notes and a definite sense of terroir (rasa in Sanskrit). The finish goes on and on, marked by a chewy texture and ripe tannins. 19/20 points.

2007 Principia

    Named after Newton’s seminal work on the physical world, this is a compelling Syrah. It shows a deep purplish color and a classic, smoky raspberry, blackberry, cigar box and bramble nose. The flavors are thick and multidimensional, with exotic sweet/dry flavors oozing out from the extracts, followed by licorice, mocha, bittersweet chocolate, hazelnut and almond, and dried berry notes. The fine-grained tannin finish goes on and on. This is one of the best Syrahs I’ve tasted this year. 19.5/20 points.

Here are the front and back labels for the 2007 Principia Reserve Syrah:

principiacolafinal.jpg          principia_brand.jpg

I sent out the mailer for our first reserve wine - the 2007 Principia Reserve Syrah.  To order, please click

Here’s the text of the mailer:

    Dear Friends,

    We are proud to offer for sale our first reserve wine – the 2007 Principia Reserve Syrah.

    The 2007 Principia is the first in our Celebrate Excellence Series. It is named after Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (known as Principia).

    The Principia is a seminal work that changed the way we view the natural world. Newton’s laws of motion form the basis of classical mechanics – the study of bodies in motion.

    The Principia stands as testament to the genius of Newton. It also stands as inspiration to mankind that with our minds we can achieve unbelievable things.

    Aged for 23 months in 100% French oak (30% new), The 2007 Principia Reserve Syrah is a blend of Syrah from 5 vineyards. The predominant source is Les Collines Vineyard in Walla Walla. The other sources are Seven Hills Vineyard, Double River Vineyard, Lewis Vineyard and Portteus Vineyard.

    The 2007 Principia exhibits incredible aromatic and palate complexity combined with great structure and a long silky finish. The wine is a testament to the unique terroirs of Walla Walla and Washington.

    The bouquet offers meaty wild game notes with blackberry, truffle, and white pepper. The palate’s extraordinary silky texture envelops flavors of grilled meats, blackberry, kirsch, cola, spice, minerals, and earth. From the initial aromatics, to the complex mid-palate, to the resonant, silky finish, this wine is a beauty.

    The 2007 Principia is $85 per bottle. Only 70 cases produced.

    Please go to to place your order.

    Thank you for your support.

    Happy Holidays,

    Pinto and Billo Naravane

Aside from the Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend, I was in Walla Walla to finalize our blends for 2008.  We tasted through all of our 60 barrels (work, work, work).
We flagged a few barrels that weren’t as good as we’d like.  We’ll see how they develop over the next few months.  If we have to, we’ll declassify them and sell them off as bulk (we did that with 2 barrels in ’07).  Hopefully, it won’t come to that.
The rest of the barrels were great.  I’m really happy with the way they were showing.  It looks like we will have 5 bottlings for 2008 (100% single-barrel Mourvedre, QED Rhone Blend, Syrah, Principia Reserve Syrah, and a Bordeaux blend from DuBrul Vineyard).

Fun stuff.

The Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend was a big success.  This was the first time we were able to be a part of this event.  On Saturday 12/5, we poured our wines at the Artifex custom crush facility from 10 am to 5 pm.
What fun!
We poured the following wines:

    2008 Mourvedre barrel sample – 100% Mourvedre from Minick Vineyard in Prosser

    2008 QED barrel sample – 85% Syrah , 2% Viognier, 7% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre

    2007 QED – 94% Syrah , 3% Grenache, 3% Mourvedre

    2007 Principia Reserve Syrah – Syrah from Les Collines Vineyard, Seven Hills Vineyard, Double River Vineyard, Lewis Vineyard, and Portteus Vineyard

    2008 DuBrul Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon barrel sample – 100% Cab from DuBrul Vineyard in Sunnyside

Thank you to all of you who came by to try our wines.  It was a pleasure meeting you all.  We appreciate your support.

The Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend is upon us and we have some wine to pour!
We will be pouring the 2007 QED and 2007 Principia Reserve Syrah this Thursday 12/3 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the Winemakers’ Fete at the Marcus Whitman Hotel.
On Saturday 12/5, we will be pouring our wines (including barrel samples) from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Artifex custom crush facility located at 1102 Dell Avenue in Walla Walla.
If you are planning on attending the Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend, please be sure to visit us.  We look forward to sharing our wines with you.

Finally, after a months-long process, we can now sell our wines in NJ.  Of course, we still can’t sell direct to consumer since NJ doesn’t allow that.  But we can sell to restaurants and wine stores.

If you live in NJ and would like to see our wines in your favorite wine store or restaurant, please send me an email at

Stephen Tanzer just gave our 2007 QED 91 points.

Here’s what he had to say:

    “Good deep ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose melds kirsch, mocha, smoked meat and brown spices. Chewy, dense and saline, with dark cherry, mocha and gunflint flavors accented by an emerging note of white pepper. In a rather suave style, this plush, round, fine-grained wine finishes with sweet tannins and excellent breadth.”

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