Fri 29 Oct 2010
Both wines sell for $29 each. To order, please go to shop.rasavineyards.com.
Typically, wineries create secondary brands (called second labels) with fruit that they’ve declassified. If the fruit isn’t good enough for the primary brand, they put it into a secondary brand and sell it for a lower price. It’s a successful model that many wineries use.
We don’t do that. Any fruit that Rasa Vineyards declassifies, we sell off as bulk wine to other wineries. PB Wines is strictly fruit that didn’t make it into the final blends for Rasa Vineyards due to stylistic reasons. These wines are treated in the same uncompromising manner as Rasa wines. PB Wines is a way for us to offer our customers great wines for under $30.
Here are Winemaker’s notes and technical info on the wines:
2008 PB Wines Yakima Valley Syrah
- The Yakima Valley Syrah is composed of 86% Minick Vineyard, 9% Les Collines Vineyard, and 5% Portteus Vineyard. The wine went through a 50% native fermention and was aged for 21 months in 25% new French oak and 75% neutral French oak.
- The wine displays notes of black pepper, licorice, smoked meat, earth, black olive, and assorted black fruits on the palate. Nuances of blackberry, earth, vanilla and dark chocolate linger delicately on the long, persistent finish. The vibrant acidity and silky tannins provide a beautiful backdrop for the palate complexity. Properly cellared, this wine will evolve gracefully for 15+ years. 224 cases produced.
2008 PB Wines Red Mountain Kiona Vineyards Syrah/Cab
- The 2008 Kiona Vineyards Syrah/Cab comprises of 67% Syrah and 33% Cab. The wine was 60% fermented with native yeasts and aged for 21 months in 33% new French oak and 67% neutral French oak.
- Black currant, black cherry, truffle, and earth notes dominate the palate. In the background there are notes of espresso, mint, and dark chocolate. The silky tannins exhibit a finesse that is rarely encountered in wines from Red Mountain. The intense finish lingers for well over a minute. Properly cellared, this wine will evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. 187 cases produced.