2010 Rasa Vineyards | QED "GSM" - Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre | Walla Walla, WA

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  • The 2010 QED has complex aromatics of gravel, scorched earth, kirsch, smoked meat, dark chocolate, and garrigue. On the palate the complexity continues with notes of kirsch, raspberry, garrigue, tar, black truffle, gravel, smoked meat, white pepper, and dark chocolate. The silky palate texture, rich concentrated mid-palate, high flavor intensity, and long finish all suggest excellent aging potential. Although one cannot be faulted for opening the wine now, it will continue to improve for the next 6-8 years and will hold for approximately 15-20 years. 

    • Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
    • Appellation: 83% Les Collines, Seven Hills, Bacchus Vineyards & 17% Monette’s Vineyard and Alder Ridge Vineyards
    • Varietal: 79% Syrah ,9% Mourvedre ,8% Grenache, 4% Viognier 
    • Vintage: 2010
    • Aging: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 148 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 68 hours. Native fermentation was used on 50% of the lots. 15% whole clusters were used to give added structure. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.The oak profile is 20% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 80% neutral French oak. The wine spent 24 months in oak. The wine was racked three times and not fined. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.
    • Production: 500 cases
  • Winemaker: (Billo) Naravane, Billo has worked in various technical and managerial positions in the Computer Industry for over a decade and a half. Billo received his BS in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Billo finished his MS in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis in June 2008 and is currently the adjunct professor of Viticulture at Washington State University.
  • Food Pairing: Red Wine Braised Lamb Shanks - Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine
  • Press & Reviews: 
    • 95 Points - International Wine ratings - This is a blend of 79% Syrah, 9% Mouvedre,8% Grehache and 4% Viognier. Very spicy nose with white pepper, smoked meats and nice richness considering the vintage. Flavors of blueberry, anise, blackberry, cigar box and cassis in this outstanding wine. Incredibly balance and richness in this smooth and mineral driven mouthfeel. The winemaking is there as somehow they've managed to get this lovely layered blue and black fruit effect despite the coldness of the year. This is the best GSM I've tried from this vintage. Drink 2015-2024.

    • 93 points – Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate - Possibly the finest vintage I’ve tasted to date (and I’ve had them all), the 2010 Q.E.D. is a beauty! Comprised of 79% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache and 4% Viognier, it boasts knockout aromas of red and black fruits, sappy herbs, roasted meats and licorice, to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless mouthfeel that keeps you coming back to the glass. Gaining a beautiful floral undertone with air, it is a classy effort that will impress for 10-12 years. Drink now-2022.

    • 93 points – Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar - (79% syrah, 9% grenache, 8% mourvedre and 4% viognier): Good bright, deep red. Blackberry, mint and spices on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote. Denser and sweeter than the foregoing wines but with lovely menthol energy to the intense cassis and blackberry fruit. The explosive, rising finish features terrific tannic spine and outstanding savory length. The 2009 version is more opulent than this wine, notes Billo Naravane, but I love the precision and verve of the 2010s here.

    • 5 Stars (Exceptional) – Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report - An aromatic tour de force with blueberry, garrigue, white pepper, crushed violets, smoked meat, chocolate, and earth. The palate shows great elegance and deftness with vivid, crystalline clarity, moving along gracefully to a long, extended finish. Perhaps the best QED yet.

    • 19/20 – Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines - Composed of 79% Syrah, 9% Mourvèdre, 8% Grenache and 4% Viognier, this wine shows a brilliant ruby color and a sultry nose of blackberry, plum and cassis, with scents of crushed roses, garrigue and rubbed sage. The brawny flavors mirror the aromatics with dark, meaty fruits that are intermixed with licorice, chocolate, French roast, and earthy minerals. The back picks up notes of roasted berries and nuts, leather, dried orange peel and fruit confit, followed by a spiced (nutmeg, clove), ripe, chewy tannin finish.

    • Rated #9 Best of 100 2013 Seattle Metropolitan

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