Bottle Notes

2015 La Rata – Bottle Notes

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.

Crimson in color. 13.8% ABV. 54% Grenache, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. Pretty nose of red fruits, kirsch and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Rich and savory. Strawberry, blood, smoked meats and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. The Grenache is the real hero here. Delicious wine that so uniquely showcases the flavors of the Rocks District. 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.

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