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 is Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet from En Cerise Vineyard. The unique blend was named “The Rat” and then connects 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. 13.4% ABV. 60% Grenache from Armada Vineyard and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from En Cerise Vineyard. Savory nose that showcases the Grenache with aromas of red fruits, olives, smoke and roasted herbs. Medium body with medium acidity. Plush and concentrated with a flavor profile indicative of the Rocks District. Cherries, smoked meat, kirsch and minerals on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. The wine picks up weight with time in the glass which is a reflection of the Cabernet Sauvignon but make no mistake here the hero is the Grenache. Such a unique wine. 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.