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2012 in Order to form a more perfect Union

2012 in Order to form a more perfect Union
2012 in Order to form a more perfect Union

Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby-purple in color with lifted aromatics of violets, cassis, black plum, cedar, exotic spices, and gravel. The wine is fabulously rich and concentrated on the palate, yet it maintains an aura of sophistication, finesse, and elegance. Rich, firm tannins and crisp acidity frame a stunning, multifaceted palate: layers of black plum, blackberry, cassis, violets, lead pencil, tar, mint, aged cigar tobacco, exotic spices, and gravel. The very long finish resonates with notes of cassis, aged cigar tobacco, exotic spices, and gravel. This would be absolutely perfect with any game dish or ribeye or backstrap. Properly cellared, this wine should reach maturity in 10-12 years will gracefully evolve for 20+ years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 185 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 125 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.

Cooperage: The oak profile is 70% new French oak puncheons (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 30% neutral French oak.

Cases Produced: 214

Vintage2012
Varietal46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardEcho Ridge, Kiona, Dionysus, XL, Weinbau, Bacchus
Acid6.1 g/L
PH3.6
Aging20+ years
Alcohol14.80%
Volume750 ml

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20/20

Perfect Score

01/05/2016

 

Named for the preamble to the Constitution, this blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot exhibits an opaque ruby color and an intense, smoky nose of blackberries, raspberries, cherries and plums, with scents of dried roses, sandalwood, cigar wrapper, black olives, leather, and dried orange peel. The flavors, as well, are deep and intense, with fleshy fruits that are imbued with licorice, dark chocolate, French roast, and loam and gravel earth. The back reveals macerated berries, dried cherries and plums, framboise liqueur, mocha, toffee and toasty oak, all gliding into a rich, lingering, sweet-dry tannin finish. Shows depth and complexity throughout.

Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines

94 Points

09/08/2015

 

The grapes in this impressive Bordeaux style blend are sourced from five different vineyards: Echo Ridge, DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus, and Weinbau. It is comprised of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot. This Cab dominant wine opens with aromas of blackberry, anise, red cherry and dill. There are flavors of blackberry, anise, black cherry and black olive. This has lovely mouthfeel and texture with a strong mineral backbone. Like many of the Rasa '12 releases, this is tough not to enjoy now. (Best 2015-2035).

Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

93+ Points

06/29/2015

 

Checking in as a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and the balance Petit Verdot, the 2012 In Order to Form A More Perfect Union is both a classic Washington State Bordeaux blend, as well as a classic wine from this estate. It exhibits a deep ruby, mostly opaque color to go with lots of blackcurrants, grilled toast, graphite and dried-violet aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, pure, silky and yet still savory and focused, with a light, balanced feel, good acidity, and plenty of fine tannin that show on the chocolate-laced finish, it's a beautiful wine that can be drunk anytime over the coming 10-15 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

92 Points Cellar Selection

Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

91+ Points

11/16/2015

 

Good bright medium ruby. Lovely violet lift to the blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate and iron aromas. Very suave and rich, with dark berry and tobacco flavors dominating. Finishes with chewy but ripe tannins and a bit of youthful bitterness that calls for a few years of cellaring.

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media


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