Chris Silkowski  August 6, 2014, 3 days after the wine was bottled we celebrate over burgers at Hitching Post II. Shiner with no label. Drank along side the three single vineyard components that went into Rasi. Excellent blend. Lush, structured, and great balance. Looking forward to seeing how this evolves over time.
  Gale, Chris, Brian, Michel, Rachel (Winemaker), Helen   (August 2014) Talked the Winemaker into breaking into a bottle (pre-release) to see how the finished product was taking to the packaging (bottle). There were some other, fairly acclaimed wines at the dinner table and RASI fit right in (and held its own). RASI was (is) beautifully balanced and delicious. It was mostly a steak(ish) dinner but I can see this wine pairing with fowl and other traditionally good pinot dishes.
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 Terri Schwartz  I'm saving this bottle for a year to celebrate the anniversary of Rasi's release!
 Meghan Ralph  A very good wine by a very good friend.
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 Melanie and Kelcey Ayer  Wedding Anniversary 
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 Terri Schwartz  This was the first bottle of Rasi I opened. I brought it to celebrate my friend running her first half-marathon. Everyone there loved it, and we toasted to Rachel for creating her first vintage.
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 Rachel Silkowski   Last night I held a blind tasting in Los Angeles, CA. The lineup guidelines were simple: domestic, red, and between the $20-$50 price point. Even though I have tested my palate this way many times before, I was completely stumped after tasting through the ten different wines. Just goes to show, winemakers don't know everything.     The evening was a complete success. I was amazed at the   amount of interest shown, quality of the questions, and feedback that was being shared around the table. Above all, every attendee showed genuine gratitude at the chance to be a part of this learning experience-- which only motivates me to continue hosting more events like this.  Great wine selection provided by myself and all the attendees. Melt in your mouth BBQ chicken by  Michael Jack Greenwald ,  Kelcey Ayer 's famous guac, Gigi's Deli's meat pies brought by  Linda Nguyen , and the setting + flowers by  Michel DeAscentiis  all made for an exceptional night. Thank you to everyone for being a part of something so special.
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 Aaron Seo  February 14, 2015. My 1st bottle of Rasi 78/300!!! Killed this baby. Should've waited for a few months at least :( Love this RASI's label.
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 Stanely Harris   Paired with pulled pork and roasted crussels spouts with bacon/balsamic drizzle.
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 Ken Adams   For a first vintage, Rachel nailed...! All the elements of a top class SRH Pinot... Three thumbs up
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  Communal breakfast at the Parker's with a bunch of foodie friends. Paired excellently with a mushroom, onion and gruyere tart. Everyone loved the wine.
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 Anonymous    Le Grand Cru dinner at Jeff's in Orange, CA that included a 2011 Kosta Browne Rosella's, '13 Rasi, and 2010 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast.
  April's at Nye Beach with Tori and Mike. Excellent pairing with the salmon entrée. Really like where this wine is heading.
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 Terri Schwartz  I opened this bottle on Christmas, when my mom and brother came out to visit. Neither of them are wine drinkers, but both sampled this and really enjoyed what Rachel created. It was great to share this with my family.
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 Durrell and Sharon Jackson  Pairs perfectly with the sunset in Joshua Tree.
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 Michel DeAscentiis   When people ask you to bring a bottle of wine to their house for a party you rarely get to bring the winemaker with the wine.
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 Bottle #147  Anabel Del Giorgia at Full of Life Flatbreads Pizza in Los Alamos, CA
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 Cate Long   I opened my first bottle of [Vinoo Singh's daughter's] creation, Rasi Wine, on Tuesday. I had kept it at 54 degrees and it tasted wonderful-zesty, with cherry notes, and was perfect with Italian food. I had another glass from the same bottle tonight (166). I had kept it at room temp. It was still very good, with a bigger taste and stronger finish. Can't wait for her next batch!
 Purely Domestic Wine Report  Comment: 88 2013 Rasi Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, 14.3%, 250 cs., $42 Premiere Release | The nose is spicy cherry and plum with a supple floral ambrosia of golden fruit, currant and soft tobacco essences, The palate is firm on entry with a savory cherry core and solid backbone. Rachel Silkowski’s debut wine. One to watch. Drink 2015 – 2018.
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 Xander Singh   I feel so privileged to have been able to pick up a bottle of Rasi's first wine! I hadn't tasted anything like it before, and I haven't since that warm fall night when I finished the final drop. It was a bittersweet experience, making my way through the bottle one glass at a time, savoring every last wonderful drop, but knowing that I should have ordered more! Bottle #173 sits atop my piano and inspires me every day as I write, and I think back on that wonderful night Rasi #173 and I spent together. I anxiously await the next release so I can again fill my belly with the succulent sensation of Rasi's wonderful wine!
 Vinoo Singh  We opened RASI at Sea Horse across the San Clemente pier the last Saturday of March 2015 on a beautiful evening. Rach & Mic took the train from LA & got dropped right across their hotel. We spent all day paddleboarding & kayaking & then after a beautiful sunset ....got together for wine before walking out to have dinner on Del Mar few blocks from the hotel. It was a perfect evening & a perfect weekend. Look forward to more fun times & definitely more RASI in the coming months!
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 Sunday, April 19th, 2015. Blind tasting with Michel in the backyard.
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 Chris Silkowski   Our first bottle after release and shared with Rachel during her visit to Oregon over the Thanksgiving holiday.  We brought the bottle to McMenamins in Corvallis for the continuation of our father daughter weekends. The wine was even better than it was after bottling and benefited tremendously after being opened for 30 minutes.
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 Frank Murray   (via CellarTracker) Hey, I am thrilled to have the first note on this wine. To see Rachel come full circle after being influenced by Brian Loring, as well as the palate of her father, who I affectionately call Silk. I twisted the top off this and just poured a glass at room temp (about 68). I decided to put a chill on it too, to help see if the proper serving temp influences the wine, as well. Nice ruby color, ruby red,  ligther  shade. At room temp, this is very good, with a glossy texture and a fresh core of jammy strawberry fruit, rose petal, along with dried cherry to go with it. There is a nice shading of herb here in the finish too, and a hard cherry/berry candy note. Whatever wood/ barrique  was used here, it shows gently in the finish, a mix of light char/mocha but nothing I'd call oaky at all. With a bit of the proper chill, it then shows more of the dried cherry note. The gentle, dried red quality of this that lurks alongside the other jammier note is really delicious. Where this treads, somewhere between an old and new world expression, this could satisfy a # of people. A terrific effort from Rachel, great going!
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 Anonymous    Great evening and dinner with two wonderful wines - a 2005 Alban Reva magnum and 2013 Rasi PN.
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 Franks Murray  (via CellarTracker) Hey, I am thrilled to have the first note on this wine. To see Rachel come full circle after being influenced by Brian Loring, as well as the palate of her father, who I affectionately call Silk. I twisted the top off this and just poured a glass at room temp (about 68). I decided to put a chill on it too, to help see if the proper serving temp influences the wine, as well. Nice ruby color, ruby red, ligther shade. At room temp, this is very good, with a glossy texture and a fresh core of jammy strawberry fruit, rose petal, along with dried cherry to go with it. There is a nice shading of herb here in the finish too, and a hard cherry/berry candy note. Whatever wood/barrique was used here, it shows gently in the finish, a mix of light char/mocha but nothing I'd call oaky at all. With a bit of the proper chill, it then shows more of the dried cherry note. The gentle, dried red quality of this that lurks alongside the other jammier note is really delicious. Where this treads, somewhere between an old and new world expression, this could satisfy a # of people. A terrific effort from Rachel, great going!
  Opened on Sunday, April 26, 2015 with Stein, Mike, Dave, Suzanne and Gale while discussing plans for our next trip to Scotland. Drinking very well with little to no air required. Suzanne noted that it was 'comforting to the tongue', 'sexy', 'musty', and 'like sleeping with your best friend'. She felt the wine lived up to the definition of 'racy' on the back label. Drank along side an Aaron Petite Sirah from Paso and a Betz Grenache from Washington state.
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  Mike Pobega    12/2/2014 rated 91 points: Bright nose of blueberries, blackberries and black raspberries. It's a pretty intense nose. Palate shows some good verve and structure It's both bold and delicate all at once. The palate shows the blue & black fruits as mentioned. I also find some sour cherries ans forest floor. The balance seems deft with tannins surely large but refrained and the acidity spot on. This seems to be changing moment to moment. What I really enjoy is the sweet undercurrent of some nice almost neutral oak. Not knowing the oak regime, I will stop at that. Certainly seems a bit exotic though with some interesting toastiness peeking through, but as it sits it become a spiciness. Hmm, that's interesting too!. I am loving the mouth-coating going on. Finish holds true and long but I do get just a small amount of heat on the back-end. I am enjoying this tonight on a rainy NY evening. I might hold my other for a year or so. I finished the rest of the bottle the next night and it drank beautifully which tells me this baby can age.
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 Once upon a time, Velinda, Laura, and Laura were floating in an above ground pool in Oklahoma City. Having just wrapped their first feature film together, Heartland, the three ladies were exhausted yet thrilled, thinking of the journey still to come. Enter wine- of the RASI varietal, proving itself to be perfectly smooth and light on this warm summer day. It was the perfect toast to celebrate an incredible and unforgettable experience.  This tale was a collaborative project priced together by Velinda, Laura, and Maura
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