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.
Ruby red in color. 14.2% ABV. 53% Grenache, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Syrah. Savory nose of red fruits, olive brine, smoke and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Rich and concentrated. Cherries, bacon fat, olives and minerals on the palate. The finish is very long and smooth. The Grenache really stands out here and the Rocks District footprint is ever present. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 95 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.