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Seattle, WA -- Aug 22, 2019

Domaine CarnerosI am always impressed with good domestic sparkling wine. That seemed to do the trick as I took two sickeningly sweet drinks back at the posh rooftop bar at the Archer Hotel in Napa and immediately reached for a bottle of Domaine Carneros. I was not disappointed. If you have never visited this stunning winery location in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, you will be in for a treat. Inspired by a French chateau in Champagne, Domaine Carneros towers over the valley, showcasing sweeping views of the Napa Valley. Claude Taittinger of famed Champagne house Taittinger, began his search for a good spot to make California Sparkling Wine in the late 1970s. Finally in 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. Domaine Carneros relies on the winemaking talents of Eileen Crane, who has worked more than 30 harvests. I had the great fortune to interview her last year (www.washingtonwineblog.com/blog/2018/9/20/interview-with-eileen-crane-ceo-and-winemaker-at-domain...) and she was a delight to talk wine with. The new Domaine Carneros lineup was as good as I have ever tasted. Check out their 2015 Domaine Carneros ‘Brut Cuvee’ Sparkling Wine (WWB, 91) which is an insanely good value that has great balance and very good range considering the price. The show-stopper of the portfolio is their 2012 Domaine Carneros ‘Le Reve’ Sparkling Wine (WWB, 95) which stands tall among the best sparkling wines made in North America. The wine was initially inspired by Champagne Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, as their tête-de-cuvée, and impresses with its remarkable combination of weight, tension and finesse. Learn more about these outstanding wines at www.domainecarneros.com Here are the new sparkling wines by Domaine Carneros2015 Domaine Carneros ‘Brut Cuvee’ Sparkling Wine- A compelling blend of 51% Chardonnay with 57% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Gris, the 2015 ‘Brut Cuvee’ was aged for three and a half years prior to disgorgement and was given just a touch of dosage (.9%). The nose shows nice earthy undertones with biscuit and green apple aromatics that all meld together in the glass. The texture and refinement of the wine is really good, as Pazzaz apple, kumquat rind and shades of wild mushroom with sourdough bread all combine brilliantly on the palate. Fresh and filled with energy, this great new sparkling wine will have another decade ahead of it. Drink 2019-2029- 912015 Domaine Carneros ‘Brut Rose’ Sparkling Wine- The 2015 ‘Brut Rose’ by Domaine Carneros is a fantastic blend of 58% Pinot Noir with 42% Chardonnay that was aged for three years of the lees prior to disgorgement. Like the ‘Brut Cuvee’ only .09% dosage was added, as this wine shows slightly better flavor and aromatic range at a warmer temperature. Instantly you are hit with bright red fruits that enter the fray with fragrant white peach and shades of mulberry all marvelously collecting momentum aromatically. The freshness and balance of the wine is really nice as bright strawberry and guava flavors mingle with sourdough bread and shades of teaberry that all nicely combine on the palate. While fantastic in its youth this beautiful Rose Sparkling Wine will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 912013 Domaine Carneros ‘Late Disgorged’ Sparkling Wine- The 2013 Domaine Carneros ‘Late Disogrged’ Sparkling Wine is a seriously good effort from this warm vintage in the Carneros region. Weighing in at 12% alcohol, this underwent .8% dosage, as the wine is a blend of near equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The musty and earthy elements of the wine are quite pronounced aromatically with wild mushroom and shades of wet stone with lime zest infused French baguette all enter the fray aromatically. The elegance of the wine is wonderful as the silky mousse entices. Bright nectarine, kumquat, and Pazzaz apple flavors all mingle with shades of damp earth and Macadamia nut. This is seriously good now and will evolve gracefully for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 932012 Domaine Carnets ‘La Reve’ Sparkling Wine- The 2012 ‘La Reve’ Sparkling Wine is a stunning new bottling by the talented winemaking team. The aromatics grip you with shades of melon, wet stone and lemon influseds Challah bread that all mingle together. The silky mousse really entices on the tongue with bright kumquat zest and lemon oil with shades of sourdough bread. The t3ezxutere even improves asl well as aromatically when the wine is consumed from a white wine glass. This is truly outstanding stuff that will cellar well for decades. Drink 2019-2035- 952016 Domaine Carneros ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir by Domaine Carneros opens with ripe cola and blackberry syrup with shades of underbrush that all mingle together in the glass. The combination of freshness and weight is very good, as the acidity runs through dark and red fruit flavors with cola accents. Fruity and delicious, this wine will provide drinking enjoyment for the next five to seven years. Drink 2019-2025- 902016 Domaine Carneros ‘Le Ciel Serein’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Le Ceil Serein’ Pinot Noir is largely comprised of Dijon clone 667 (72%) as the wine spent fifteen months in 41% new French oak prior to bottling. The earthy tones from the Dijon clones are quite evident as forest floor and black truffle shavings march with cola and black cherry cordial aromas that all build nicely in the glass. The wine displays a soft mouthfeel, delivering medium-bodied red and dark fruit flavors that collide with minerals and earthy undertones. Outstanding in its youth, this complex and delicious Pinot Noir will cellar well for a decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92 ... See MoreSee Less

Domaine Carneros

I am always impressed with good domestic sparkling wine. That seemed to do the trick as I took two sickeningly sweet drinks back at the posh rooftop bar at the Archer Hotel in Napa and immediately reached for a bottle of Domaine Carneros. I was not disappointed. If you have never visited this stunning winery location in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, you will be in for a treat. Inspired by a French chateau in Champagne, Domaine Carneros towers over the valley, showcasing sweeping views of the Napa Valley. Claude Taittinger of famed Champagne house Taittinger, began his search for a good spot to make California Sparkling Wine in the late 1970s. Finally in 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. 
Domaine Carneros relies on the winemaking talents of Eileen Crane, who has worked more than 30 harvests. I had the great fortune to interview her last year (http://www.washingtonwineblog.com/blog/2018/9/20/interview-with-eileen-crane-ceo-and-winemaker-at-domaine-carneros) and she was a delight to talk wine with. 
The new Domaine Carneros lineup was as good as I have ever tasted. Check out their 2015 Domaine Carneros ‘Brut Cuvee’ Sparkling Wine (WWB, 91) which is an insanely good value that has great balance and very good range considering the price. The show-stopper of the portfolio is their 2012 Domaine Carneros ‘Le Reve’ Sparkling Wine (WWB, 95) which stands tall among the best sparkling wines made in North America. The wine was initially inspired by Champagne Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, as their tête-de-cuvée, and impresses with its remarkable combination of weight, tension and finesse. Learn more about these outstanding wines at https://www.domainecarneros.com Here are the new sparkling wines by Domaine Carneros

2015 Domaine Carneros ‘Brut Cuvee’ Sparkling Wine- A compelling blend of 51% Chardonnay with 57% Pinot Noir and 2% Pinot Gris, the 2015 ‘Brut Cuvee’ was aged for three and a half years prior to disgorgement and was given just a touch of dosage (.9%). The nose shows nice earthy undertones with biscuit and green apple aromatics that all meld together in the glass. The texture and refinement of the wine is really good, as Pazzaz apple, kumquat rind and shades of wild mushroom with sourdough bread all combine brilliantly on the palate. Fresh and filled with energy, this great new sparkling wine will have another decade ahead of it. Drink 2019-2029- 91

2015 Domaine Carneros ‘Brut Rose’ Sparkling Wine- The 2015 ‘Brut Rose’ by Domaine Carneros is a fantastic blend of 58% Pinot Noir with 42% Chardonnay that was aged for three years of the lees prior to disgorgement. Like the ‘Brut Cuvee’ only .09% dosage was added, as this wine shows slightly better flavor and aromatic range at a warmer temperature. Instantly you are hit with bright red fruits that enter the fray with fragrant white peach and shades of mulberry all marvelously collecting momentum aromatically. The freshness and balance of the wine is really nice as bright strawberry and guava flavors mingle with sourdough bread and shades of teaberry that all nicely combine on the palate. While fantastic in its youth this beautiful Rose Sparkling Wine will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 91

2013 Domaine Carneros ‘Late Disgorged’ Sparkling Wine- The 2013 Domaine Carneros ‘Late Disogrged’ Sparkling Wine is a seriously good effort from this warm vintage in the Carneros region. Weighing in at 12% alcohol, this underwent .8% dosage, as the wine is a blend of near equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The musty and earthy elements of the wine are quite pronounced aromatically with wild mushroom and shades of wet stone with lime zest infused French baguette all enter the fray aromatically. The elegance of the wine is wonderful as the silky mousse entices. Bright nectarine, kumquat, and Pazzaz apple flavors all mingle with shades of damp earth and Macadamia nut. This is seriously good now and will evolve gracefully for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 93

2012 Domaine Carnets ‘La Reve’ Sparkling Wine- The 2012 ‘La Reve’ Sparkling Wine is a stunning new bottling by the talented winemaking team. The aromatics grip you with shades of melon, wet stone and lemon influseds Challah bread that all mingle together. The silky mousse really entices on the tongue with bright kumquat zest and lemon oil with shades of sourdough bread. The t3ezxutere even improves asl well as aromatically when the wine is consumed from a white wine glass. This is truly outstanding stuff that will cellar well for decades. Drink 2019-2035- 95

2016 Domaine Carneros ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir by Domaine Carneros opens with ripe cola and blackberry syrup with shades of underbrush that all mingle together in the glass. The combination of freshness and weight is very good, as the acidity runs through dark and red fruit flavors with cola accents. Fruity and delicious, this wine will provide drinking enjoyment for the next five to seven years. Drink 2019-2025- 90

2016 Domaine Carneros ‘Le Ciel Serein’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Le Ceil Serein’ Pinot Noir is largely comprised of Dijon clone 667 (72%) as the wine spent fifteen months in 41% new French oak prior to bottling. The earthy tones from the Dijon clones are quite evident as forest floor and black truffle shavings march with cola and black cherry cordial aromas that all build nicely in the glass. The wine displays a soft mouthfeel, delivering medium-bodied red and dark fruit flavors that collide with minerals and earthy undertones. Outstanding in its youth, this complex and delicious Pinot Noir will cellar well for a decade. Drink 2019-2029- 92

Seattle, WA -- Aug 22, 2019

Rasa VineyardsAs we continue our dive into Washington Wine Month we bring you one of the great talents in Washington wine who is also one of the nicest people you will meet. Billo Naravane is the brilliant mastermind behind all Rasa Vineyards bottlings. Alongside his brother, Pinto Naravane, Billo crafts very precise and singular expressions of Washington State terroir. His new lineup of wines is truly one of the best in the state — from crisp Rieslings to inky Syrahs.With a background in science, Billo Naravane initially was inspired by wine while living Austin, Texas. During that time Billo was exposed to some of the finest wines in the world and he fully caught the wine bug. Finally, he and his brother, Pinto, made the bold decision to start Rasa Vineyards in 2007. My first exposure to these great wines was many years back when I was served a 2007 Rasa Vineyards ‘QED’ Syrah blind. I was absolutely mesmerized by the seamless quality of the wine. With a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a master’s degree from Stanford, Billo then studied viticulture an enology at UC Davis. He is now one of the few masters of wine (MW) in the world. The wines he crafts show tremendous texture, richness, poise and terroir — and are only getting better by each vintage. I was totally blown away with the new Rasa Vineyards lineup. Up there with the best Riesling made in Washington is the 2017 Rasa vineyards ‘The Composer’ Riesling (WWB, 93) which has insanely good poise and range. This is one for any serious lover of Washington Riesling. Even better is the 2016 Rasa Vineyards ‘For the Love of the Game’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 96) which is up there with the top Cabernet Sauvignon made in the state. Learn more about this fantastic Walla Walla winery at rasavineyards.com Here are the beautiful new wines by Rasa Vineyards. 2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘The Composer’ Riesling- This Alsatian style Riesling was sourced from the Dionysus and Bacchus Vineyards as Billo Naravane has crafted ‘The Composer’ from three different clones of Riesling. The mouthfeel to this wine is incredible as this bone dry Riesling shows tremendous acidity that rips through the palate. Tangerine peel with melon tones and wet stone flavors all meld together on the palate. This is sensational wine that is truly one of a kind Riesling that can be enjoyed over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 932017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Dream Deferred’ Chardonnay- The 2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Dream Deferred’ Chardonnay is up there with the best of its kind in the state. Sourced from the Frenchman Hills vineyard, the wine saw 25% new French oak prior to bottling. The beautiful nose reveals bright creme brûlée with banana, melon tones and wet rock that all build in the glass. The texture to this wine is downright gorgeous. Ripe peach and bananas foster with shades of nutmeg and clove infused golden delicious apple flavors all collect momentum on the palate. While a delight to savor in its youth, this outstanding effort will continue to shine for another decade or more, building lovely tertiary tones as it ages. Drink 2019-2029- 932017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Occam’s Razor’ Red Wine- The 2017 ‘Occam’s Razor’ is a compelling blend of a wide range of varietals including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot that were all aged in 12% new French oak prior to bottling, The herbal tones are really nice with black tea and exotic spices that mingle with the dark fruit character on the nose. The wine packs a punch showing a good combination of red and dark fruits that mingle with chocolate and herbal tones. While not hugely complex, this is very satisfying and delicious, particularly at this price point. Drink 2019-2025- 912017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Axiom of Choice’ Cabernet Franc- The 2017 ‘Axiom of Choice’ Cabernet Franc is another sensational release by superstar winemaker Billo Naravane. This Cabernet Franc sourced from both the Weinbau and Firethorn Vineyards. The nose is very pretty with violets that connect with shades of black tea, ripe blueberry and blackberry cobbler all mingling nicely on this intense bouquet. The freshness and mouthfeel here is fantastic as the wine shows off its silky texture. Black tea and lavender mingle with the lovely blue and black fruit tones on the palate. Seductive, yet light on its feet, this beautiful wine will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 932017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Axiom of Choice The Strong Law’ Red Wine- The 2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘The Strong Law’ is an outstanding blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (DuBrull, Kiona, Dionysus and XL VIneyards) and Merlot (Firethorn, DuBrul and Bacchus Vneyards). The wine begins with aromas of Asian spices, blackberry pie, and shades of licorice that all mingle nicely on the nose. The freshness of the wine is really fantastic as the sterling tension entices. Bright red fruits mingle with shades of Earl Grey tea, sagebrush and black currant flavors. Highly gratifying in its youth, and texturally elegant, this outstanding red blend will evolve well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 932017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Primus Inter Pares Monette’s Vineyard’ Grenache- Sourced from the Monette’s Vineyard in the Walla Walla Rocks AVA, this is sadly the last year that Billo Naravane will make this wine due to issues with current vineyard management. The ‘Primus Inter Pares’ opens with a highly intoxicating bouquet, exhibiting beautiful range from red rose petals to Mandarin orange rind and smoky tones that mingle with red cherry puree that all mingle marvelously in the glass The palate is silky smooth, delivering a wonderful seamless quality as the wine effortlessly glides across the mid-palate. The purity of fruit is marvelous as red cherry, red raspberry, guava puree and shades of wet stone with smoked blood orange flavors. The verve and brightness of the wine really shines. Enjoy this stunning Grenache over the next decade or more. Drink 2019-2029- 952015 Rasa Vineyards ‘QED’ Syrah (Fall 2019 release)- Largely Syrah (74%) with smaller portions Mourvedre, Grenache and a hint of Viognier, the 2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘QED’ Syrah opens with intense aromas of black tea and exotic spices which connect with blackberry and black currant jelly with sagebrush aromas that all collide in the glass. The texture is gorgeous as the racy acidity really impresses considering the heat of the vintage. Black tea, Asian spices, mocha and tar flavors all impress. Rich and layered, the ‘QED’ is truly fantastic in its youth. Enjoy the fantastic bottling over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 942015 Rasa Vineyards ‘Principia’ Syrah- The 2015 ‘Principia’ Syrah is a stunning effort that was sourced from four vineyards (Bacchus, Upland, Firethorn and SJR Vineyards) and then was aged in 30% new oak prior to bottling. Blackberry jam with white pepper, white pepper, dried herbs, chocolate pie and nice stony character all mingle brightly on the nose. The working pieces from each vineyard really shine on the palate, as the wine shows stunning range and wonderful earthy and stony tones from the SJR Vineyard. This is a true heavyhitter of a wine that will cellar marvelously for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 952014 Rasa Vineyards ‘Veritas Sequiter SJR VIneyard’ Syrah (Fall 2019 release)- The 2015 ‘Veritas Sequiter’ Syrah is a true heavyhitter of a wine made by superstar winemaker Billo Naravane, MW, which was sourced from the esteemed ‘SJR Vineyard’ and underwent 100% whole cluster fermentation. The wine was stored in 90% new French oak prior to bottling. On the nose there is wonderful range from exotic spices to Satsuma orange peel to shades of blueberry pie and horse manure with green olive tapenade. The seductive nose constantly takes you back to the glass for more hedonism. The plush texture truly entices as black cherry compote, leather, espresso bean, blueberry pie and shades of milk chocolate and a savory edge which all meld marvelously together on the mouth. The texture dazzles, as the rich, almost unctuous mouthfeel adds to the drinking. enjoyment. While fantastic in its youth, this will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2029- 962015 Rasa Vineyards ‘Creative Impulse’ Red Wine- The ‘Creative Impulse’ is a spectacular blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Merlot all sourced from the DuBrul Vineyard. The nose is highly complex and very pretty with red rose petals that mingle with the black tea, licorice and blackberry compote with nice herbal tones that sing aromatically. The palate show wonderful balance and poise delivering rich dark fruit and sagebrush flavors that mingle with mocha undertones. While delightful now, this elegant wine will have a very long time in the cellar. This is a seriously good effort considering the challenges faced for red wines during this vintage. Drink 2019-2035- 942015 Rasa Vineyards ‘A Perfect Union’ Red Wine- The 2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘A Perfect Union’ Red Wine was sourced rom the DuBrul, XL, Kiona, Dionysus, Weinbau and Firethorn Vineyards. The wine opens with sagebrush and black tea with licorice and blackberry aromas that all meld together in the glass. The balance here is incredible with wonderful black tea, milk chocolate, blackberry compote and herbal undertones. This has wonderful balance and weight that impresses. With racy acidity and medium tannins, this will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar. Drink 2019-2035- 942016 Rasa Vineyards ‘Plus One’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Fall 2016 release)- Sourced from the old block of Kiona Vineyard planted in 1974. The non-fruit aromas seem to really sing with tar infused chocolate and dried sagebrush tones that collide with boysenberry puree and shades of candied dark licorice that all impress in the glass. The palate deftly walks the tightrope between weight and elegance. Turkish coffee, tar, anise, dark chocolate shavings and shades of underbrush flavors all enter into the fray. A delight to savor in its youth, the rich tannin structure of the wine as well as the bright acidity suggests that this will be exceedingly long lived. Drink 2020-2040- 952016 Rasa Vineyards ‘For the Love of the Game’ Cabernet Sauvignon- Released in May 2019, the ‘For the Love of the Game’ composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon which was sourced from the Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The nose is really exciting with ripe dark fruits that mingle with eucaptyus, Asian spices, tar and espresso bean and shades of cassis that all shine brightly on the nose. The silky texture makes this glide across the mid-palate. I am really impressed with the purity of fruit as well as the seamless quality to this wine that really impresses. Copious dark fruits mingle with chocolate, creosote, and sagebrush tones on the palate. The earthy character adds to the drinking enjoyment. This is fantastic young but will only get better with some bottle age. Drink 2020-2040- 96 ... 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Rasa Vineyards

As we continue our dive into Washington Wine Month we bring you one of the great talents in Washington wine who is also one of the nicest people you will meet. Billo Naravane is the brilliant mastermind behind all Rasa Vineyards bottlings. Alongside his brother, Pinto Naravane, Billo crafts very precise and singular expressions of Washington State terroir. His new lineup of wines is truly one of the best in the state — from crisp Rieslings to inky Syrahs.
With a background in science, Billo Naravane initially was inspired by wine while living Austin, Texas. During that time Billo was exposed to some of the finest wines in the world and he fully caught the wine bug. Finally, he and his brother, Pinto, made the bold decision to start Rasa Vineyards in 2007. My first exposure to these great wines was many years back when I was served a 2007 Rasa Vineyards ‘QED’ Syrah blind. I was absolutely mesmerized by the seamless quality of the wine. With a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a master’s degree from Stanford, Billo then studied viticulture an enology at UC Davis. He is now one of the few masters of wine (MW) in the world. The wines he crafts show tremendous texture, richness, poise and terroir — and are only getting better by each vintage. 
I was totally blown away with the new Rasa Vineyards lineup. Up there with the best Riesling made in Washington is the 2017 Rasa vineyards ‘The Composer’ Riesling (WWB, 93) which has insanely good poise and range. This is one for any serious lover of Washington Riesling. Even better is the 2016 Rasa Vineyards ‘For the Love of the Game’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 96) which is up there with the top Cabernet Sauvignon made in the state. Learn more about this fantastic Walla Walla winery at rasavineyards.com Here are the beautiful new wines by Rasa Vineyards. 

2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘The Composer’ Riesling-  This Alsatian style Riesling was sourced from the Dionysus and Bacchus Vineyards as Billo Naravane has crafted ‘The Composer’ from three different clones of Riesling. The mouthfeel to this wine is incredible as this bone dry Riesling shows tremendous acidity that rips through the palate. Tangerine peel with melon tones and wet stone flavors all meld together on the palate. This is sensational wine that is truly one of a kind Riesling that can be enjoyed over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 93

2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Dream Deferred’ Chardonnay-  The 2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Dream Deferred’ Chardonnay is up there with the best of its kind in the state. Sourced from the Frenchman Hills vineyard, the wine saw 25% new French oak prior to bottling. The beautiful nose reveals bright creme brûlée with banana, melon tones and wet rock that all build in the glass. The texture to this wine is downright gorgeous. Ripe peach and bananas foster with shades of nutmeg and clove infused golden delicious apple flavors all collect momentum on the palate. While a delight to savor in its youth, this outstanding effort will continue to shine for another decade or more, building lovely tertiary tones as it ages. Drink 2019-2029- 93

2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Occam’s Razor’ Red Wine- The 2017 ‘Occam’s Razor’ is a compelling blend of a wide range of varietals including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot that were all aged in 12% new French oak prior to bottling, The herbal tones are really nice with black tea and exotic spices that mingle with the dark fruit character on the nose. The wine packs a punch showing a good combination of red and dark fruits that mingle with chocolate and herbal tones. While not hugely complex, this is very satisfying and delicious, particularly at this price point. Drink 2019-2025- 91

2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Axiom of Choice’ Cabernet Franc- The 2017 ‘Axiom of Choice’ Cabernet Franc is another sensational release by superstar winemaker Billo Naravane.  This Cabernet Franc sourced from both the Weinbau and Firethorn Vineyards. The nose is very pretty with violets that connect with shades of black tea, ripe blueberry and blackberry cobbler all mingling nicely on this intense bouquet. The freshness and mouthfeel here is fantastic as the wine shows off its silky texture. Black tea and lavender mingle with the lovely blue and black fruit tones on the palate. Seductive, yet light on its feet, this beautiful wine will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 93

2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Axiom of Choice The Strong Law’ Red Wine- The 2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘The Strong Law’ is an outstanding blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (DuBrull, Kiona, Dionysus and XL VIneyards) and Merlot (Firethorn, DuBrul and Bacchus Vneyards). The wine begins with aromas of Asian spices, blackberry pie, and shades of licorice that all mingle nicely on the nose. The freshness of the wine is really fantastic as the sterling tension entices. Bright red fruits mingle with shades of Earl Grey tea, sagebrush and black currant flavors. Highly gratifying in its youth, and texturally elegant, this outstanding red blend will evolve well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 93

2017 Rasa Vineyards ‘Primus Inter Pares Monette’s Vineyard’ Grenache- Sourced from the Monette’s Vineyard in the Walla Walla Rocks AVA, this is sadly the last year that Billo Naravane will make this wine due to issues with current vineyard management. The ‘Primus Inter Pares’ opens with a highly intoxicating bouquet, exhibiting beautiful range from red rose petals to Mandarin orange rind and smoky tones that mingle with red cherry puree that all mingle marvelously in the glass The palate is silky smooth, delivering a wonderful seamless quality as the wine effortlessly glides across the mid-palate. The purity of fruit is marvelous as red cherry, red raspberry, guava puree and shades of wet stone with smoked blood orange flavors. The verve and brightness of the wine really shines. Enjoy this stunning Grenache over the next decade or more. Drink 2019-2029- 95

2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘QED’ Syrah (Fall 2019 release)- Largely Syrah (74%) with smaller portions Mourvedre, Grenache and a hint of Viognier, the 2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘QED’ Syrah opens with intense aromas of black tea and exotic spices which connect with blackberry and black currant jelly with sagebrush aromas that all collide in the glass. The texture is gorgeous as the racy acidity really impresses considering the heat of the vintage. Black tea, Asian spices, mocha and tar flavors all impress. Rich and layered, the ‘QED’ is truly fantastic in its youth. Enjoy the fantastic bottling over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 94

2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘Principia’ Syrah- The 2015 ‘Principia’ Syrah is a stunning effort that was sourced from four vineyards (Bacchus, Upland, Firethorn and SJR Vineyards) and then was aged in 30% new oak prior to bottling. Blackberry jam with white pepper, white pepper, dried herbs, chocolate pie and nice stony character all mingle brightly on the nose. The working pieces from each vineyard really shine on the palate, as the wine shows stunning range and wonderful earthy and stony tones from the SJR Vineyard. This is a true heavyhitter of a wine that will cellar marvelously for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 95

2014 Rasa Vineyards ‘Veritas Sequiter SJR VIneyard’ Syrah (Fall 2019 release)- The 2015 ‘Veritas Sequiter’ Syrah is a true heavyhitter of a wine made by superstar winemaker Billo Naravane, MW, which was sourced from the esteemed ‘SJR Vineyard’ and underwent 100% whole cluster fermentation. The wine was stored in 90% new French oak prior to bottling. On the nose there is wonderful range from exotic spices to Satsuma orange peel to shades of blueberry pie and horse manure with green olive tapenade. The seductive nose constantly takes you back to the glass for more hedonism. The plush texture truly entices as black cherry compote, leather, espresso bean, blueberry pie and shades of milk chocolate and a savory edge which all meld marvelously together on the mouth. The texture dazzles, as the rich, almost unctuous mouthfeel adds to the drinking. enjoyment. While fantastic in its youth, this will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2029- 96

2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘Creative Impulse’ Red Wine- The ‘Creative Impulse’ is a spectacular blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Merlot all sourced from the DuBrul Vineyard. The nose is highly complex and very pretty with red rose petals that mingle with the black tea, licorice and blackberry compote with nice herbal tones that sing aromatically. The palate show wonderful balance and poise delivering rich dark fruit and sagebrush flavors that mingle with mocha undertones. While delightful now, this elegant wine will have a very long time in the cellar. This is a seriously good effort considering the challenges faced for red wines during this vintage. Drink 2019-2035- 94

2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘A Perfect Union’ Red Wine- The 2015 Rasa Vineyards ‘A Perfect Union’ Red Wine was sourced rom the DuBrul, XL, Kiona, Dionysus, Weinbau and Firethorn Vineyards. The wine opens with sagebrush and black tea with licorice and blackberry aromas that all meld together in the glass. The balance here is incredible with wonderful black tea, milk chocolate, blackberry compote and herbal undertones. This has wonderful balance and weight that impresses. With racy acidity and medium tannins, this will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar. Drink 2019-2035- 94

2016 Rasa Vineyards ‘Plus One’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Fall 2016 release)- Sourced from the old block of Kiona Vineyard planted in 1974. The non-fruit aromas seem to really sing with tar infused chocolate and dried sagebrush tones that collide with boysenberry puree and shades of candied dark licorice that all impress in the glass. The palate deftly walks the tightrope between weight and elegance. Turkish coffee, tar, anise, dark chocolate shavings and shades of underbrush flavors all enter into the fray. A delight to savor in its youth, the rich tannin structure of the wine as well as the bright acidity suggests that this will be exceedingly long lived. Drink 2020-2040- 95

2016 Rasa Vineyards ‘For the Love of the Game’ Cabernet Sauvignon- Released in May 2019, the ‘For the Love of the Game’ composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon which was sourced from the Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The nose is really exciting with ripe dark fruits that mingle with eucaptyus, Asian spices, tar and espresso bean and shades of cassis that all shine brightly on the nose. The silky texture makes this glide across the mid-palate. I am really impressed with the purity of fruit as well as the seamless quality to this wine that really impresses. Copious dark fruits mingle with chocolate, creosote, and sagebrush tones on the palate. The earthy character adds to the drinking enjoyment. This is fantastic young but will only get better with some bottle age. Drink 2020-2040- 96

Seattle, WA -- Aug 22, 2019

We’re overjoyed at the success of AWW’s wine weekend. Thank you to our premier sponsors for the dedicated support of Washington state wine!Wells FargoChateau Ste. Michelle WineryCenturyLinkJohn L. Scott FoundationBrighton Jones Ferrari of SeattleThe Seattle Times Holland America Line KING 5 Ackley Beverage GroupIHeartMedia Seattle Wine Spectator ... See MoreSee Less

We’re overjoyed at the success of AWW’s wine weekend. Thank you to our premier sponsors for the dedicated support of Washington state wine!

Wells Fargo
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
CenturyLink
John L. Scott Foundation
Brighton Jones 
Ferrari of Seattle
The Seattle Times 
Holland America Line 
KING 5 
Ackley Beverage Group
IHeartMedia Seattle 
Wine Spectator

Seattle, WA -- Aug 21, 2019

Thank you Puget Sound Business Journal for shining a light on the generosity from our 32nd annual Auction of Washington Wines weekend. The highest bid of the Gala on Saturday, Aug. 17 was $225,000 for a 1928 vintage Ford Roadster Hot Rod, receiving a $200,000 match from the Ellison Foundation, for a total of $425,000, the highest amount ever received for an auction lot in AWW’s history. Proud to see our supporters come out and make a difference for Seattle Children's​ and the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program! 📸 Curbow Photo bit.ly/2HicsYz ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Puget Sound Business Journal for shining a light on the generosity from our 32nd annual Auction of Washington Wines weekend.
 
The highest bid of the Gala on Saturday, Aug. 17 was $225,000 for a 1928 vintage Ford Roadster Hot Rod, receiving a $200,000 match from the Ellison Foundation, for a total of $425,000, the highest amount ever received for an auction lot in AWW’s history. 

Proud to see our supporters come out and make a difference for Seattle Childrens​ and the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program! 📸 Curbow Photo 

https://bit.ly/2HicsYz

Seattle, WA -- Aug 20, 2019

Margaret McCoy is a Ph.D. candidate in Horticulture at Washington State University. She is passionate about agriculture and is conducting research on sprayer technologies and improving viticulture practices. A recent visit to London sparked a drive in Margaret to work on getting Washington wines an equal seat at the international table. She looks forward to continuing to learn from and listen to the growers because they will be the men and women who will lead her and Washington wines to success. Margaret was awarded the Foundation Fund Scholarship. Visit washingtonwinefoundation.org/scholarships/ to learn more about our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!#scholarships #wineindustryfuture ... See MoreSee Less

Margaret McCoy is a Ph.D. candidate in Horticulture at Washington State University. She is passionate about agriculture and is conducting research on sprayer technologies and improving viticulture practices. A recent visit to London sparked a drive in Margaret to work on getting Washington wines an equal seat at the international table. She looks forward to continuing to learn from and listen to the growers because they will be the men and women who will lead her and Washington wines to success. Margaret was awarded the Foundation Fund Scholarship. Visit http://washingtonwinefoundation.org/scholarships/ to learn more about our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

#scholarships #wineindustryfuture

Seattle, WA -- Aug 19, 2019

When you do your back to school shopping at smile.amazon.com, choose Washington Wine Industry Foundation as your charity and Amazon will donate a part of the proceeds to our scholarship funds. www.amazon.com/gp/f.html?C=1KLM3X5ST78W6&K=14SKIMBMNZ92M&M=urn:rtn:msg:201908191405082e409b70f3b7... ... See MoreSee Less

When you do your back to school shopping at smile.amazon.com, choose Washington Wine Industry Foundation as your charity and Amazon will donate a part of the proceeds to our scholarship funds. 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/f.html?C=1KLM3X5ST78W6&K=14SKIMBMNZ92M&M=urn:rtn:msg:201908191405082e409b70f3b74740b3479cfdb420p0na&R=2MVN7HQQ9ZRSM&T=C&U=http%3A%2F%2Fsmile.amazon.com%2Fch%2F91-2138330&H=KQT9J8PTTKBL4TLDW4KMSNLAAOYA

Seattle, WA -- Aug 18, 2019

During last night’s Gala at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, an incredible collection of winemakers, chefs, volunteers and participants joined forces to raise an initial tally of $4,478,693 for Seattle Children's and the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program. The record evening was nothing short of magic. To all those who sipped, savored and bid last evening, we are incredibly thankful for your support of the Washington state wine community! ... See MoreSee Less

During last night’s Gala at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, an incredible collection of winemakers, chefs, volunteers and participants joined forces to raise an initial tally of $4,478,693 for Seattle Childrens and the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program. The record evening was nothing short of magic. To all those who sipped, savored and bid last evening, we are incredibly thankful for your support of the Washington state wine community!

Seattle, WA -- Aug 16, 2019

Thank you to all of the guests, winemakers, chefs, volunteers and staff who made our Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery last night a smashing success. Great wine and food for a great cause. Hope to see you again next year! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to all of the guests, winemakers, chefs, volunteers and staff who made our Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery last night a smashing success. Great wine and food for a great cause. Hope to see you again next year!

Seattle, WA -- Aug 15, 2019

We’re live from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery! Thanks to King 5's Kierra Elfalan for spotlighting Picnic, happening TONIGHT. Tickets available at the door. Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery, Chef Joey Youkhan of Fisher & Paykel, and AWW’s Laura Kleinhofs talked about the awesome food and drink options at Picnic, plus what to expect from the silent and barrel auctions. ... See MoreSee Less

We’re live from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery! Thanks to King 5s Kierra Elfalan for spotlighting Picnic, happening TONIGHT. Tickets available at the door. Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery, Chef Joey Youkhan of Fisher & Paykel, and AWW’s Laura Kleinhofs talked about the awesome food and drink options at Picnic, plus what to expect from the silent and barrel auctions.

Seattle, WA -- Aug 14, 2019

Chef Alex Chan of Tom Douglas Restaurants and winemaker Corey Braunel of Dusted Valley Wine joined forces on New Day NW to sip, nibble and chat about tomorrow’s Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction. The talented duo paired a delicious Boomtown Pinot Gris with a signature salmon dish crafted by Tom Douglas. It’s just one sample of the incredible pairings attendees will enjoy tomorrow. Tickets available at entry! View the segment recap here: kng5.tv/2H6PQtT ... See MoreSee Less

Chef Alex Chan of Tom Douglas Restaurants and winemaker Corey Braunel of Dusted Valley Wine joined forces on New Day NW to sip, nibble and chat about tomorrow’s Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction. The talented duo paired a delicious Boomtown Pinot Gris with a signature salmon dish crafted by Tom Douglas. It’s just one sample of the incredible pairings attendees will enjoy tomorrow. Tickets available at entry! View the segment recap here: https://kng5.tv/2H6PQtT

Seattle, WA -- Aug 14, 2019

Tune in! AWW is appearing on New Day NW this morning for a special appearance with Chef Alex Chan of Tom Douglas Restaurants and Walla Walla vintner Corey Braunels of Dusted Valley Wine. The cameras roll at 11am! ... See MoreSee Less

Tune in! AWW is appearing on New Day NW this morning for a special appearance with Chef Alex Chan of Tom Douglas Restaurants and Walla Walla vintner Corey Braunels of Dusted Valley Wine. The cameras roll at 11am!

Seattle, WA -- Aug 13, 2019

LAST CHANCE! Online ticket sales for our Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction end tomorrow at NOON! All proceeds benefit Seattle Children's and the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program. 📷 via Duval Imagesbit.ly/2K83Khq ... See MoreSee Less

LAST CHANCE! Online ticket sales for our Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction end tomorrow at NOON! All proceeds benefit Seattle Childrens and the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program. 📷 via Duval Images
https://bit.ly/2K83Khq

Seattle, WA -- Aug 13, 2019

Our 2017 Bill Powers Sabbatical recipient, Sommelier, winemaker, and WWCC Enology and Viticulture graduate, Brad Binko travels to Chile to learn more about Carmenere and old vines. Check out his video, Through the Grapevine: The (Almost) Tragic Story of Carmenere:youtu.be/ucKOK6oRKVsThe 2020 Bill Powers Sabbatical will open this Fall! Stay tuned for more details. ... See MoreSee Less

Our 2017 Bill Powers Sabbatical recipient, Sommelier, winemaker, and WWCC Enology and Viticulture graduate, Brad Binko travels to Chile to learn more about Carmenere and old vines. 

Check out his video, Through the Grapevine: The (Almost) Tragic Story of Carmenere:
https://youtu.be/ucKOK6oRKVs

The 2020 Bill Powers Sabbatical will open this Fall! Stay tuned for more details.

Seattle, WA -- Aug 12, 2019

"We’ve been in Woodinville almost 20 years. When we first started out, we were thrilled to participate in our first AWW event. I love seeing the world-class event that it has become.” For Lisa Baer at Baer Winery, and so many other winemakers across the state, AWW’s wine weekend is the culmination of a year of hard work and a celebration of everything that Washington state wine has accomplished. 📷 via Baer Winery ... See MoreSee Less

We’ve been in Woodinville almost 20 years. When we first started out, we were thrilled to participate in our first AWW event. I love seeing the world-class event that it has become.” 

For Lisa Baer at Baer Winery, and so many other winemakers across the state, AWW’s wine weekend is the culmination of a year of hard work and a celebration of everything that Washington state wine has accomplished. 

📷 via Baer Winery

Seattle, WA -- Aug 11, 2019

We loved following the recent travels of our winners from the “Best of Bordeaux” lot at our 2018 Gala event. Our winners roamed France’s acclaimed wine country on the adventure of a lifetime. Thank you to DeLILLE CELLARS for sharing the updates! ... See MoreSee Less

We loved following the recent travels of our winners from the “Best of Bordeaux” lot at our 2018 Gala event. Our winners roamed France’s acclaimed wine country on the adventure of a lifetime. Thank you to DeLILLE CELLARS for sharing the updates!

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