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94 Points Rhone Report, 19.5/20Pts Review of Washington wines

An epic wine, both massive and gorgeous. Cabernet plays a dominant role leading with aromas of cassis and blackberry shaded by violets, fresh mint, and and hot rocks. The plush black fruit combines with hints of baked plum and dark chocolate that come out on the momentum-building finish. This is an intense and layered red that will be best with 2-4 or more in your cellar. It's pretty awesome right now, too... - Marcus

71% Cabernet, 29% Merlot from Dubrul Vineyard

The 2009 Creative Impulse is a dark purple wine with aromas that include blackberry, spice, mint, cassis, and hints of smoke. It is rich and beautiful, full bodied, textured displaying complexity and ripe silky tannins. The finish is decidedly long. This wine will cellar for 20 years or more.

below, Dubrul Vineyard

94 Points Jeb Dunnuck's Rhone Report: softer and more approachable than the í08 was at this stage, the 2009 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot that was aged for 28 months in 60% new French oak.

Beautifully perfumed, with copious currant, plum, lead pencil, wild herb, raw beef, and dried spice qualities on the nose, the wine is fleshy and round on the palate, showing a voluptuous texture, no hard edges, and polished tannin that emerges on the finish.

This bottle needed lots of air and didnít show at its best until the second day; itís a striking bottle of wine that should be given 2-3 years of bottle age, and drunk over the following decade or longer.

above, Jeb Dunnuck
and the rocky soil of the Rhone

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

A completely different take on the Dubrul Vineyard's usual style. Massive but very complex, there's so much to experience. Delicate violet floral on the nose, an array of fruits and spices in the middle of the taste, and a remarkably expressive and balanced finish that lasts till eternity, it seems. This goes in my cellar. - Jean

Billo Naravane plus the Dubrul Vineyard equals Creative Impulse. A HUGE and multifaceted red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Will you like it? Creative Impulse is right up there with the best of the broadest bodied Washington reds. People make comparisons to the wines of Leonetti and Quilceda.

2008 Wine Spectator - 95 points - Lithe, supple and full of personality, with floral, green tea and soy sauce overtones adding zip and depth to the disarmingly lovely plum and currant fruit. The finish lingers easily against well-buffed tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2013 through 2020. - H.S.

2008 Wine Advocate - 94 points - The 2008 Creative Impulse, a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Merlot from the DuBrul Vineyard, was reviewed one year ago as a barrel sample. It was naturally fermented and aged in 60% new oak. Deep purple in color, it displays an expressive, already complex bouquet of sandalwood, truffle, earthy minerals, incense, violets, black currant, and blackberry.

In the glass it reveals a silky texture, ample fine-grained tannins, impeccable balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. Give it 5-7 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2016 to 2028, if not longer. - Jay Miller

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