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Primus Inter Pares Grenache

Sourced from Monette’s vineyard in the Rocks District. Hand harvest. De-stemmed. Pre-fermentation maceration of 165 hours and post fermentation maceration of 70 hours. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times per day during macerations and fermentation. All individual components, including free run and press fractions were kept separate until final blending. Elevage on lees for 18 months, 15% once filled French oak and 85% neutral French oak. The wine was neither fined nor racked and remained on its lees until a gentle filtration just before bottling.

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: The Rock’s District (Monette’s Vineyard), Walla Walla
Type: Red
Variety: Grenache
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted in 2007
Production: 984 bottles
Soil: Course-grain alluvial sediments consisting of large basalt cobblestones