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2013 QED Convergence

2013 QED Convergence
2013 QED Convergence

Winemaker Notes: The 2013 QED offers complex aromatics with a dense mid-palate and a very long finish. The aromatics consists of captivating notes of black raspberry, kirsch, blackberry, supported by notes of cedar, spice, vanilla, earth, lavender, dark chocolate, and white pepper. On the palate the complexity continues with notes of kirsch, blackberry, blueberry, spice, black truffle, gravel, scorched earth, and smoked meat. Overtones of vanilla, white pepper, and tar can also be found. This wine has the signature of all the Rasa wines: gorgeous mouthfeel, exquisite balance, refined tannins, and a long, resonant finish. The wine should reach maturity in 6-8 years and will hold for approximately 15+ years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 156 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 105 hours. Native fermentation was used on 75% of the lots. 25% whole clusters were used to give added structure. The wine was punched down by hand 2 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.

Cooperage: The oak profile is 20% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 80% neutral French oak. The wine had an elevage of 30 months in oak and was racked three times but not fined.

Cases Produced: 166

Varietal78% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 4% Viognier
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardLes Collines, Bacchus, Seven Hills, SJR, Monette's, XL
Acid5.9 g/L TA
Aging15+ years
Volume750 ml




94 Points


This wine is primarily Syrah and has 4% Viognier blended in. This outstanding bottling begins with perfumed aromatics of rose petals, smoked brisket, black cherry and black olive. The mouthfeel is plush and elegant. There are deep flavors of black cherry compote, black olive, crushed mint and red currant.  The wine finishes exceedingly long with a slight astringency. The weight and balance is absolutely gorgeous. Drink 2017-2028.

Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

91+ Points

Nov. 2016

(25% new oak): Superb lift to the aromas of black fruits, licorice and pepper. Juicy, penetrating and energetic, but the black fruit and pepper flavors are still a bit youthfully imploded. A note of dark chocolate emerged with aeration. This very strong blend boasts terrific intensity and a fine-grained texture. Total annual production of the Rasa wines is now about 2,400 cases. Drinking Window: 2020 – 2028.

Stephen Tanzer , Vinous Media

91 Points



Made from 78% Syrah, 11% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre and Viognier, the spicy, underbrush, kirsch and olive scented 2013 Qed Convergence is medium-bodied, charming and forward, with a soft, easygoing texture, beautifully sweet fruit and a great finish. It shines for its elegance and drinkability, but I suspect will be on a fast evolutionary track, so plan on drinking bottles over the coming 4-6 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

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