Red

2013 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Yakima Valley
Drink between 2022 - 2035 (Edit)
CT90.5 5 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • jeagle wrote:

    February 13, 2019 - Decanted for 3 hours prior to consumption. I liked the wine, but it just is not the type of wine I like to drink. First, it was too clean. There is purity of fruit, but it felt too scrubbed and shampooed. I like texture, but it felt like that had been filtered out. The wine was not watered down, it was quite flavorful, but it lacked any sense of viscosity. A well-made Cab in a more feminine style.

  • tcosgriff Likes this wine: 88 points

    July 9, 2018 - Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of blueberries, mocha, and very vanilla oak. Fairly dense but without enough porosity to create real nuance, and with balance enough off to be a bit of a distraction. Moderate finish. Went well with the spare ribs.

  • Ben Christiansen wrote:

    May 30, 2018 - The la mission haut Brion style. Dubrul and the best fruit and original blocks
    From that vineyard. And that is pretty darn silky and perfume. Powerful. Lively and violety.

  • MC2 Wines wrote:

    May 4, 2018 - Hommage a DryCab - Washington Wines release; 5/3/2018-5/5/2018 (Various spots in Walla Walla): Part of the full Creative Impulse vertical. This was the vintage where the heat came through the mose. Lots of blueberry. Bit more intense. Get a touch more alcohol than some of the other years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • msuwright wrote: 93 points

    April 30, 2018 - This savory and Old World Cabernet blend belongs in the Old World camp is drinking well at the moment, though it should be even better in a year or two. Light cherry in color, medium in body, nose of sour cherry, black olive, and rosemary. Tastes of boysenberry, rhubarb, graphite, and pepper, with a grainy and pleasantly lingering finish. Blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Merlot. 14.7% alcohol. Decant at least an hour, if not more.

    I tasted a bottle of this wine a few months ago, and - after I wrote a note on CellarTracker - the winemaker reached out to me to say that he thought I had a bad bottle. In a gesture of true belief, he even offered to send me a new bottle (even though I had purchased the wine from a retailer). He was right about the first bottle - not to mention generous and kind (support the good guys everyone!).

    Bottom line, this is a solid, nuanced, and balanced wine. It's a bit too savory for my (somewhat CA) palate, but there's no doubt it's well-made and well-balanced. Fans of Bordeaux should absolutely give this a try.

    1 person found this helpful Comment

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  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Library Rasa, 10/26/2018

    (Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard) Hello friends. Today we have a library release from culty-as-ever Rasa Vineyards and winemaker (and recently awarded Master of Wine) Billo Naravane.

    Rasa is one of these wineries that started up right around the same time that Full Pull did: sometime towards the end of the last decade, right into the teeth of the recession. Brutal. This was an exceedingly difficult time to start a winery, but what it means for the crop of wineries launched in the late aughts is that if they’ve survived this long, they’re probably making some pretty damned good wines. And Billo has done more than survive: he has thrived, landing multiple consulting winemaking gigs in addition to his work for Rasa. Echo Ridge, Mackey, Delmas: all thought Billo was the right person to realize their vision. And while it is always fun to see what Billo does with other projects, we’ve always found it deeply exciting to experience his wines from the mothership, Rasa.

    Because our list has grown up alongside Billo and team, and we’ve all been enthusiastic supporters from the beginning, we all get the opportunity to access this special bottling. While the library offering is the main thrust today, but we do have two bonus reoffers below.Originally offered February 2017. Excerpts from the original: The blend this year is 69%/31% Cab/Merlot. The fruit got a week-long cold soak and was fermented entirely with native yeasts. It spent 30 months in 60% new French oak (again, all large puncheons), and clocks in at 14.7% listed alc. As usual, Billo captures and harnesses the exotic, sultry, earthy side of the incomparable DuBrul Vineyard. Notes of anise and juniper and incense complicate a core of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, and loads of minerality. It combines power and elegance effortlessly.

    Wine Advocate: Copyrighted material withheld.

  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Rasa, 2/8/2017

    (Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard) Hello friends. Today we have the new vintage of a trio of list favorites: the outstanding Bordeaux blends and varietal wines from Billo Naravane of Rasa Vineyards.

    Rasa is one of these wineries that started up right around the same time that Full Pull did: sometime towards the end of the last decade, right into the teeth of the recession. Brutal. You make plans during an economic expansion, purchase vineyards, purchase grapes, purchase equipment, and then by the time you get to launch, the economy has turned 180 degrees.

    This was an exceedingly difficult time to start a winery, but what it means for the crop of wineries launched in the late aughts is that if they’ve survived this long, they’re probably making some pretty damned good wines. And Billo has done more than survive: he has thrived, landing multiple consulting winemaking gigs in addition to his work for Rasa. Echo Ridge, Mackey, Delmas: all thought Billo was the right person to realize their vision. And while it is always fun to see what Billo does with other projects, it is also deeply exciting to experience his wines from the mothership, Rasa.





    Originally offered February 2017. Excerpts from the original: The blend this year is 69%/31% Cab/Merlot. The fruit got a week-long cold soak and was fermented entirely with native yeasts. It spent 30 months in 60% new French oak (again, all large puncheons), and clocks in at 14.7% listed alc. As usual, Billo captures and harnesses the exotic, sultry, earthy side of the incomparable DuBrul Vineyard. Notes of anise and juniper and incense complicate a core of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, and loads of minerality. It combines power and elegance effortlessly.

    Wine Advocate: Copyrighted material withheld.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rasa Vineyards
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Creative Impulse
  • Vineyard DuBrul Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Yakima Valley

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  • In Cellars 99 (86%)
  • Consumed 16 (14%)

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