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March 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Rasa Vineyards' 2009 In Order to Form a More Perfect Union is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc from several vineyards. Lance Cutler is including this wine in the Red Blends Comparative Tasting next week at WiVi Central Coast because it adds another dimension to the panel; he said Rasa is modern, doing well and scoring 95 on all of their wines. 

According to the winery's website: Pinto and Billo Naravane have been wine enthusiasts since "forever." After working almost two decades in the lucrative computer industry to satisfy family expectations, they finally ditched it all. Pinto and Billo took the plunge to go completely native in the wild, cut-throat world of winemaking. 

The Naravane brothers formed Rasa Vineyards in 2007 with the goal of producing ultra premium, terroir specific wines. Makrand (Pinto) Naravane is the managing partner and Yashodhan (Billo) Naravane is the winemaker. 

Winemaker Notes: 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc from DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus, and Weinbau Vineyards. Deep rich purple, almost black, in color with beguiling aromatics of cassis, blackberry, violet, cedar, tobacco, exotic spices, and earth. On the palate the wine is concentrated and rich with beautiful texture that displays full bodied silky tannins and amazing complexity.

This gorgeous wine displays multifaceted layers of blackberry, cassis, black plum, lead pencil, mint, tobacco, exotic spices, earth and gravel. The decadent, almost haunting, finish is well over a minute long with resonant notes of earth, exotic spices, dark chocolate and vanilla. Properly cellared, this wine will gracefully evolve for 20-plus years.

Here's a review from Rand Sealey – review of WA Wines: A combination of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 23% Cab Franc from the DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus and Weinbau vineyards, this forms a striking union. It displays a deep garnet color and a seductive nose of wild raspberries, blueberries, plums, and black currants, with scents of attar of rose, cigar box, sandalwood and smoldering incense. The fruits are mouth encompassing, accented by licorice, cocoa powder, mocha and French roast. The back picks up orange peel, roasted berries and nuts and sweet oak on a lingering sweet-dry tannin finish. A candidate for 20/20 points. 19.5+/20 points.

WiVi Central Coast is presented by Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag Consulting.


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