Inky dark ruby with black berry nose. A little off dry with big body and fruit. Some nice acid and bold, chewy tannins bracket the fruit for a good balance. Tart cherries and black berries for those desiring a bold fruity wine with prevalent acid for balance. Drinking well now on night one. Night two is showing strong with the Mourvedre presenting itself, just a hint of bitter on the finish.
We drank the 07 and 08 QEDs together. My brother and his girl couldn't tell the two apart. We slightly preferred the 07 although they are clearly made from the same cloth and differences are small. This wine has depth and complexity, I got some lighter floral hints in the 07 versus deeper hints of new leather in the 08. Both are great wines and drinking quite well. Opening a few hours before helped.
Like so many Rasa wines, this QED has that trademark balance. It is smooth and texturally inviting. That remained the same over all three days we drank this wine. Definitely dark complected fruits, brown sugar, and spice. The level of fruit and the nature of the spice moved around a bit over time, but you could invariably find all three components at any given time. This wine is definitely easy to drink, and well behaved with nary a rough edge in sight. While dark and ripe, it does not venture into over extracted or over ripe, but boy does it play in the deeper, darker side of the spectrum. There is a moderate amount of acid, but less tannin than I'd prefer to frame the fruit. I actually wish the wine was a little more angular and had a little more interest. This is just not as dimensional and complex as the 2007. It is drinking well right now, and I'm not sure what this is going to really do with more time. Hard to say whether time will add extra dimension or simply smooth out the already smooth edges. Drink now, or hold and roll the dice.
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(Rasa Vineyards QED Red Wine Columbia Valley) Almost completely opaque. Intoxicating aromas of black olive juice, penetrating dark berries, game, floral notes, and whiffs of dark chocolate. The palate is textured and seamlessly put together with pure berry flavors and silky tannins. Capped off by a seemingly endless finish. 83% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, and 2% Viognier. Les Collines, Double River, and Minick vineyards. Aged in French oak (22% new). 14.4% alcohol. 675 cases produced.
(Rasa Vineyards QED Barrel Sample (Neutral Oak) Walla Walla Valley) Les Collines fruit shines through with floral aromas, game, earth, pepper, and streaks of blueberry. Coats the palate with exhilarating game flavors. Predominantly Les Collines Block 35 Syrah. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier. Neutral and new oak to be blended and released in 2010.
(Rasa Vineyards QED Barrel Sample (New Oak) Walla Walla Valley) Dark and inky. Nose marked by floral aromas, earth, and game. A distinct spice component comes out on this wine compared to the neutral oak sample. Flavors of earth and fruit. Oak mainly shows up on the feel on the palate. Neutral and new oak to be blended and released in 2010.
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