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2014 in Order to form a more perfect Union

2014 in Order to form a more perfect Union
2014 in Order to form a more perfect Union

Winemaker Notes: While writing this tasting note, I noticed that the blend is virtually identical to the 2013. This was not intentional; we always blend in order to create the best overall wine, percentages be damned. While the varietal blend is virtually identical to the 2013, the vineyard proportions, however, differ significantly. Both the 2013 and 2014 perfect Union are fantastic, each wine clearly shows the vintage characteristics for that year.

The overall impression of the 2014 Perfect Union is one of elegance and refinement. Vibrant deep ruby-purple in color. Complex aromatics with gravel, earth, black currant, cedar, tobacco, and dried sage.  The wine is medium-full bodied with high flavor density, crisp acidity, and sumptuous tannins. The palate is simply stunning: black currant, blackberry, huckleberry, dried sage, mint, espresso, lead pencil, tobacco, earth, and gravel. Properly cellared, this wine should reach maturity in 8-10 years and will gracefully evolve for 20+ years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 131 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 141 hours. 100% Native fermentation. 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 achieved its sparkly brilliance from 4 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.

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

Cases Produced: 105

Varietal41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot
VineyardFirethorn, Bacchus, DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus, XL, Weinbau
DesignationColumbia Valley
Acid6.2 g/L TA
Volume750 ml



95 Points


One of the more elegant, perfumed and ethereally textured of the Bordeaux blends, the 2014 In Order To Form A More Perfect Union is a blend of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. It offers terrific, Pauillac-like bouquet of blackcurrants, cedar, lead pencil savings, tobacco and hints of toasted bread. These give way to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, elegant 2014 that's impeccable, has fine tannin and a great finish. It has the class to drink nicely today, yet should be at its best from 2019-2034.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

93 Points


Rasa has crafted another wonderful red wine with their 2014 ‘A Perfect Union’ Red Wine. This wonderful blend begins with aromatics reminiscent of crushed mint, red bell pepper and red cherry with cigar box.  The plush mouthfeel and silky texture is lovely as this wine is soft and supple. The red wine has dense flavors of black tea, mocha, baking spices and blackberry pie. This lovely blend can benefit from another year of bottle age for the fruit to fully integrate. Drink 2018-2033.

Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

92+  Points

Oct. 2017

(A blend from five different vineyards): Dark red. Alluring, complex nose combines cassis, redcurrant, black raspberry, tobacco leaf, milk chocolate, dusty brown spices and cedar. Tightly wound, juicy wine with a terrific spine of acidity and good floral lift to its concentrated, tactile, varietally accurate dark berry and spice flavors. Finishes brisk and very long. There's nothing hard about this blend but I'd still give it at least another two years of cellaring; it should age beautifully.Drinking Window: 2019 – 2027.

Stephen Tanzer , Vinous Media

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