In the Chinese Zodiac, the rat has strong curiosity, a rich imagination and the willingness to try its hand at anything. So does Elizabeth Bourcier—a self-described "cellar rat" who has just created her first wine—La Rata.

While working since 2008 under the legendary guidance of Cayuse Vineyards founder and vigneron Christophe Baron, Elizabeth has learned much about crafting adventurous wines of elegance, style and class.

Her inspiration for La Rata came after Christophe introduced her to a wine from the Priorat region of Spain that was also made by a female winemaker. Elizabeth was intrigued by what she tasted, and using biodynamic grapes from Cayuse vineyards, was able to create her own unique blend of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Besides a nod to her own Zodiac sign, La Rata is the Spanish translation of The Rat—a tribute to the wine that was her original inspiration.

La Rata is a separate project from Cayuse Vineyards—a very special wine Elizabeth created using fruit from Armada and En Cerise vineyards. The 2013 release is extremely limited, with only 115 cases produced.

"93 Points. Polished, texturally compelling and layered with cherry, orange peel and fresh herb notes, coming together seamlessly..." —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

"93 Points...offering lots of strawberry, cherry blossom, savory herbs and dried flowers." —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

"...offers aromas of flowers, smoked salt, and crushed strawberry followed by a palate full of elegant savory flavors." —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

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