Professional reviews and tasting notes will be added as published. Please note that scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples.
2014 LA RATA
The 2014 La Rata sourced fruit from Armada, En Cerise and La Paciencia Vineyard. The blend is 53% percent Grenache, 34 percent Cabernet-Sauvignon and 13% Syrah. 138 cases produced.
"95 Points. This is the first year where Elizabeth decided to add Syrah ....Vinified all in concrete, it was aged in second fill puncheons and stainless steel. Peppery herbs, iron, blackcurrant and even a hint of graphite give way to a rich, full-bodied, elegant and downright seamless red that builds on the palate, has fine tannin, beautiful mid-palate depth and a great finish. Like many wines from this estate, it shows more and more purity with time in the glass, as well as a violet/floral character and tons of salty minerality that I adore. It's the finest vintage for this cuvee to date and is going to drink nicely for 15 years." —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
"95 Points." —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
2013 LA RATA
The 2013 La Rata sourced fruit from Armada and En Cerise Vineyard. The blend is 60 percent Grenache and 40 percent Cabernet-Sauvignon. 115 cases produced.
"93 Points. 2013 Walla Walla La Rata (60% Grenache and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon) ...lots of strawberry, cherry blossom, savory herbs and dried flowers. The Cabernet, however, shows more on the palate and the wine is medium to full-bodied, has present, yet polished tannin and lots of minerality on the finish. It should drink nicely through 2023." —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
"93 Points. Polished, texturally compelling and layered with cherry, orange peel and fresh herb notes, coming together seamlessly and lingering on the expressive finish. Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2021. 115 cases made." —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
"93 Points Editor’s Choice. This wine from Cayuse Vineyards assistant vigneron Elizabeth Bourcier offers aromas of flowers, smoked salt, and crushed strawberry followed by a palate full of elegant savory flavors." —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
"95 Points. This absolutely incredible wine is made by Elizabeth Bourcier, Cayuse’s assistant vigneronne, who was first inspired by Clos Erasmus, and wanted to combine Armada Vineyard Grenache with En Cerise Vineyard Cabernet. The resultant 60% Grenache and 40% Cabernet red blend is completely stunning. As the wine slowly develops in the glass, it begins to release intense aromatics of red cherries and red raspberries woven together with smoke, wet stone and rose petal accents. There are exotic flavors of ripe raspberries, cherry cola and wet stones with undertones of orange rind and lavender. This multidimensional wine possesses a round, voluptuous texture which is impossible to resist. It continues to impress with gorgeous underlying minerality and remarkable balance as it heads into the long, persistent finish. The novelty of this wine is apparent as there is really nothing else like it in Washington. (Best 2016-2028) - August, 2016" —Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
2012 LA RATA
The 2012 La Rata was created with fruit sourced at Armada and En Cerise Vineyard. The blend is 60 percent Grenache and 40 percent Cabernet-Sauvignon. 98 cases produced.
"94 Points Editor’s Choice. This is the inaugural release from Elizabeth Bourcier, assistant vigneronne at Cayuse Vineyards. A unique blend of Grenache (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), it clearly comes from The Rocks, with the aromas of black olive, peat, fire pit, raspberry and herbs popping. The smoked meat and savory flavors show elegance, depth, detail and restraint, with a finish that sails. It's a subtle, sublime wine that makes a statement." —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
"93 Points. Deep ruby-red. Pretty, high-toned aromas of berries, violet and dusty rose. Juicy and perfumed in the mouth, boasting terrific intensity to the dark berry, spice and floral flavors. The fleshy Grenache is given shape and grip by firm Cabernet tannins. Shows a lovely synergy of components and finishes subtle and very long. Winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier told me that the Priorat wine Clos Erasmus is the model for this blend." —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
"94 Points. Elizabeth Bourcier, Cayuse’s assistant vigneronne, was inspired by Clos Erasmus wines and crafted this blend. She chose to use Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet from En Cerise Vineyard. The boutique wine was named "The Rat" and then connects the Spanish influence, La Rata.The name speaks to Bourcier, as her zodiac sign is the rat and despite being assistant winemaker at Cayuse, she still considers herself a cellar rat. The wine opens with prototypical Walla Walla rocks aromas of wet stone, smoke, provencale herbs, red currant, dill and blackberry. There is wonderful balance and texture to this wine. The blend has flavors of blackberry, anise, blueberry, red currant and prune. This is just a delicious and vibrant wine with a strong minerality. Kudos to Bourcier. (Best 2015-2025) - December, 2015" —Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report