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2018 For the Love of the Game

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2018 For the Love of the Game
2018 For the Love of the Game
Tasting notes
Deep ruby color with a lovely bouquet of black cherry, cassis, cedar, lead pencil, leather, eucalyptus, allspice, and thyme. It has palate notes of cassis, blackberry, black cherry, gravel, minerals, allspice, thyme, eucalyptus, leather, and cigar tobacco. This wine shows perfect balance between the fruit extract, oak tones, vibrant acidity, and slightly firm tannins. The exceptionally long finish has pure notes of cassis, dark chocolate, cigar tobacco, and smoky incense. Overall, the wine has great purity, elegance, and concentration. This classically styled wine should reach maturity in 8-10 years and gracefully evolve for 20+ years.
Production notes
The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 176 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 2 times each day during maceration and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. The oak profile is 60% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 40% neutral French oak. 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. The alcohol is 14.39%, pH is 3.63, and the titratable acidity is 6.0 g/L. 97 cases produced.
Varietal Composition47% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc 24%, Malbec 16%, Petit Verdot 7%, Merlot 6%
AppellationLewis-Clark Valley
VineyardRivaura Vineyard
Acid5.9 g/L TA
Aging20+ years
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced68




A Bordeaux inspired wine that comes from the Rivaura Vineyard, located not far from Lewiston, Idaho, the 2018 Rasa Vineyards ‘For The Love Of The Game’ Red Wine shows off heady creosote tones on the nose with black rose petals, cigar box, and intense dark fruits, with exotic spices. The palate is seamless and soft with great richness and underlying freshness. Simply outstanding, this is one of the finest wines — if not the finest wine — that I have ever tasted out of Idaho. Drinking brilliantly now, the 2018 Rasa Vineyards ‘For The Love Of The Game’ Red Wine will live on for at least another fifteen years. Drink 2022-2039

Owen Bargreen, Vinous

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