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Occam's Razor

Sourced from some of the finest sustainably farmed vineyards in the Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla and Columbia Valley. Harvest is by hand. Pre-fermentation maceration for about 6 days. Native fermentation for 75% of the blend. 25% whole cluster to add structure. Post fermentation maceration for 3 days. Punch downs by hand twice daily. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions were kept separate until final blending. Matured in 20% new French oak and 80% neutral French oak for 30 months. Unfined and very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.

Their 28-acre sustainably farmed estate is located in the newly established Rocks District of Walla Walla. The Navarane brothers, Makrand (Pinto) and Yashodhan (Billo) were born in India and came to the United States in 1974, when they were seven and five. In 2007, the brothers formed Rasa Vineyards. Rasa is Sanskrit for ‘essence’ and ‘juice’. The word encapsulates the brothers’ heritage and winemaking philosophy, which is rooted in maximizing the most authentic expression of terroir. Prior to following their passion for wine, life was centered around the Computer Industry. Lucky for them (and us) they made the move, though the qualities that served them in the tech industry, namely an attention to detail, and a high level of organization and thoughtfulness, continue to serve them today. They are also fortunate enough to source fruit from the very best and many of the oldest vineyards in the region, specifically DuBrul, Monette and Kiona Vineyards. Practices in the vineyard and winery are minimal and intended to reveal the character of the site.

Winemaker: Billo and Pinto Navarane
Country: USA
Region: Columbia Valley
Type: Red
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 1987–2007
Production: 30,000 bottles
Soil: Mainly loess over basalt