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2011 Rasa Creative Impulse DubrulBlend from United States


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  • 93+ Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 92+ Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
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"Made from 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard is a smoking effort that has some upside. Classically styled, with full-bodied richness and a firm, focused, structured profile, it gives off beautiful plum and black cherry fruit, coffee bean, cedar and hints of chocolate on the nose. It, too, will require short-term cellaring and have 15 years or more of overall evolution.

Based out of Walla Walla and created in 2007, Rasa is run by brothers Pinto and Billo Naravane. They fashion classic, focused and structured efforts that benefit from bottle age. All of the 2011s I tasted had a reserved, tight profile, so short-term cellaring is advised here. I thought the 2012s were gorgeous and up with the best wines I’ve tasted from this estate."

92+ Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

"Bright dark red. Aromas of licorice, rocky minerality and bloody rare steak show lovely subtlety and lift. Sweet, seamless and deep but with plenty of underlying mineral structure to support the flavors of bing cherry, pepper and spices. Quite deep, and oakier than the Plus One cabernet. Finishes very long, with building ripe tannins and a repeating cherry note. A bit less suave on the finish than the Plus One but boasts terrific depth. Interestingly, this wine is more backward in the early going than the 2010 version was, in spite of the fact that the newer bottling contains more Merlot."

Product Detail

Item # 115935
Country United States
Region Washington
Sub-Region Columbia Valley

93+ - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

92+ - Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

Vintage 2011
Color Red
ABV 13.6%
Varietal(s) Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Taste currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger and vanilla
Nose violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box