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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, 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
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
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