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QED Cabernet Franc

Quod Erat Demonstrandum (QED) or that which was to be proved. Sourced from the highly allocated Weinbau vineyard., Hand harvest. Pre-fermentation maceration of 145 hours. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts whenever possible, and post fermentation maceration of 36 hours. Punched down by hand twice per day during the maceration and fermentation. All components, including the free run and press fractions were kept separate until final blending. The elevage is 30 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak. After 3 judicious rackings, no fining and gently filtered.

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: Wahluke Slope, Washington, Weinbau Vineyard
Type: Red
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted in 1972
Production: 2,600 bottles
Soil: Kennewick Silt Loam