La Rata was founded by Elizabeth Bourcier in 2012. Bourcier, Cayuse’s assistant Vigneron, was inspired by Clos Erasmus of the Priorat region of Spain and crafted this blend. The wine was originally a blend of Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet from En Cerise Vineyard. Syrah from La Paciencia Vineyard was added with the 2014 vintage. The unique blend was named “The Rat” and thus the Spanish influence, La Rata. The name reflects Bourcier’s zodiac sign, the rat, and also that despite being assistant winemaker at Cayuse, she still considers herself a cellar rat.
60% Armada Vineyard Grenache and 40% En Cerise Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby red in color. 13.3% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, olive brine, smoked meat and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Incredibly elegant. Cherries, strawberries, roasted herbs and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. The Grenache is the hero here and the Cabernet Sauvignon lends structure and power. This will continue to age well. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 94 points.
La Rata only makes this single wine. The winery does not have a mailing list but makes this blend available via Full Pull Wines. I’ve been fortunate to acquire all vintages to date and look forward to following this project in the years to come.