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Plus One Cabernet Sauvignon

From when she was tiny, whenever Pinto would say “I love you” to his daughter she would reply “plus one Sourced off of the infamous Kiona Vineyard. Planted in 1975, it is the oldest on Red Mountain.. Hand harvest. De-stemmed. Vinification starts with a pre-fermentation maceration of 160 hours. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts whenever possible. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during maceration and fermentation. All individual components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until blending. The oak profile is 60% new French oak and 40% neutral French oak. 4 judicious rackings, no fining 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: Walla Walla
Type: Red
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: 1975 and 1997
Production: 1,368 bottles
Soil: Fine sandy silt over basalt rock