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Rasa Vineyards

Rasa Vineyards Wines

“Rasa” translates from Sanskrit as "terroir" or a sense of place. Given the importance of place to Billo and Pinto in crafting their wines, it is a perfect name for their winery.

Founded in 2008, red-hot Rasa Vineyards just keeps getting better. We know, because we opened a bottle yesterday for our friends from Houston and turned all the heads in the room.

at right, Pinto and Billo Naravane

Rasa Vineyards is the collaboration of two brothers, Billo and Pinto Naravane. Originally from India, their accomplishments range from the world of high tech, engineering and math to viticulture and winemaking. Joining Walla Walla's winemaking community with their move into the beautiful former Colvin Vineyards building in South Walla Walla, they have quickly made a name for themselves.

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PB Wines from Rasa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011

Outstanding! The perfect combination of luxurious and refined. Cassis and plum, purple flowers and mint, hot earth, with a...


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$32.36

$35.95 Regular

PB Wines from Rasa Vineyards Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

A dark and enticing nose dominated by blueberry and exotic spices leads to a silky palate of black and blue fruits accente...


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$28.75

$31.95 Regular

PB Wines from Rasa Vineyards Mourvedre/Syrah/Grenache 2011

The wildest of the trio features kirsch, licorice, smoked meat and white pepper notes that dance with fresh blackberry on ...


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$28.75

$31.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards Plus One Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Wine Spectator 93 points: A dark and brooding red, smooth enough in texture but veering toward licorice...


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$67.45

$74.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards Living in the Limelight 2012

94 points Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Limelight is perfumed, complex and lively, with ample currants, plum, licorice, mint an...


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$49.45

$54.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards In Order To Form a More Perfect Union 09

96 Points Rhone Report

Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc Rhone-style massive black fruit, dark inky purple ...


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$85.45

$94.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse Dubrul Vineyard 09

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

An epic wine, both massive and gorgeous...


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$85.45

$94.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards Syrah Principia Reserve 2009

2009 Tanzer - 93+ points - Deep red-ruby. High-pitched, expressive aromas of red cherry, raspberry and ...


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$76.45

$84.95 Regular

PB Wines from Rasa Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

New Chardonnay from PB Wines....


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$17.95

$19.95 Regular

Rasa Vox Populi Mourvedre 2011

So dense, so different. I love bringing this bottle out at a dinner party. People are blown away by its sheer intensity th...


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$44.95

$49.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards QED 09

Walla Walla Syrah: aromas of cedar, spice, kirsch, lavender, white pepper and dark chocolate. This complex wine then displ...


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$44.95

$49.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards Dream Deferred Chardonnay 2011

Balancing the intensity of Walla Walla fruit with a lovely mineral acidity, Rasa's first Chardonnay is made in their tra...


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$40.46

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Rasa Vineyards "The Composer" Riesling 2012

This straw-colored wine has aromatics and flavors of apple, pear, lime, mineral, nectarine, with a hint of tropical fruits...


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$26.95

$29.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards Occam's Razor Syrah 2010

This dark purple, intensely aromatic Syrah reveals scorched earth, incense, blueberry, black raspberry and hints of vanill...


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$53.95

$59.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards "The Lyricist" Riesling 2010

2010 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2010 The Lyricist is Riesling made from 13.3% full botrytis berrie...


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$26.95

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Rasa Vineyards Doctrina Perpetua Syrah 09

I watched "The Empire Strikes Back" last night and this Syrah is pure Darth Vader - this is the dark side of the force! In...


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$53.95

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PB Wines from Rasa Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Syrah-Cab 09

191 cases made.

This is a MONSTER of a wine. Blackberries, roasted coffee, brine, dried herbs, and violets grab your ...


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$25.16

$27.95 Regular

Rasa Vineyards Primus Inter Pares Grenache 2012

95 points Wine Advocate: "An awesome Grenache, the 2012 Primus Inter Pares comes from the Monette’s Vineyard in Walla Wall...


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$49.45

$54.95 Regular

PB Wines from Rasa Vineyards Yakima Syrah 08

Along with Owen Roe's Ex Umbris Syrah 09, this is our favorite value in Washington Syrah. It's also our favorite PB win...


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$25.16

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PB Wines from Rasa Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010

Wine Spectator 92 points Vibrant, focused and light-footed, with ripe black fruit at the core and hauntin...


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$26.05

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Rasa Vineyards Tilting at Windmills Red 2012

95 points Wine Advocate: "Grenache-dominated, yet incorporating 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, the 2012 Tilting At ...


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$67.45

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More About Rasa Vineyards

Billo is a graduate of MIT and Stanford University, and finished his MS in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis in 2008 . He is an adjunct professor of Viticulture at Washington State University as well as winemaker for Rasa. Pinto has a BE and MS from Stevens Institute of Technology and and is still in the high tech world, based in New Jersey. Pinto hopes to move to Walla Walla eventually but for now commutes between the coasts.

Billo's red wines are his own interpretations of some of Washington's best grapes. Working with sites like Dubrul Vineyards, he has carved out a niche in the "big" red wine category that incorporates finesse as well as a rich, full-bodied style. His whites are evocative, characteristically complex, balanced, and each is strikingly different.

Along with their vineyard sources including Les Collines, Seven Hills, and Dubrul Vineyards, Billo and Pinto have a new 28 acre vineyard site of their own called Crimson Lane Vineyard. Their first planting is nine acres of Syrah and a few other varietals.

Located on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla AVA, the site has soils similar to those of Chateneuf-du-Pape, loaded with softball sized basalt cobblestones. The land was planted to apples and cherries, and the Narvanes plan to plant mainly Syrah, with Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Malbec, and maybe some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. As they say - "sounds like a party..."

About The Scientist Winemaker, Billo Naravane

This is the smartest winemaker on earth. OK, maybe a bit of hyperbole, but not much. Mathematician Billo Naravane knows complexity. He's a computer industry guru turned winemaker, and his wines are as perfect a proof as any mathematical formula that something special is going on at Rasa Vineyards. He even has a wine called Q.E.D. - “quod erat demonstrandum”, and Pinto says "the proof is in the bottle." Another wine is named for Newton's law of universal gravitation (Principia).

A mathematical proof is an elegant work of structure, logic, and intuition. You can describe Billo's wines the same way. He is clearly inspired by the wines of the Rhone, and he brings considerable scientific skills to the process of winemaking. But the mysterious, essential core of the Rasa wines defies a simple solution. Billo brings buckets of heart and soul to his winemaking. All the rational elements of a superb wine are present, but their essence is indefinable.

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