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2017 LA RATA

The 2017 La Rata sourced fruit from Armada, En Cerise and La Paciencia Vineyard. The blend is 61% Grenache, 29% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. 146 cases produced.

"96 Points. The 2017 La Rata Red Wine is a tour de force from the Walla Walla Valley. A head-turning blend of 61% Grenache with 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, this wine by superstar Vigneronne Elizabeth Bourcier was inspired of the famed houses in Priorat, particularly Clos Erasmus and Clos Mogador. The stony terroir aromatically really inspires alongside the Umami, peat moss, blood orange zest and pretty red fruits that all dance in unison. The palate shows great depth and concentration but also remarkable finesse. Layers of seaweed and Hoisin sauce march on with the core of salted pomegranate seed, wild blackberry compote, bull’s blood and wet stone on the palate. The remarkable length and tension really add to the enjoyment here. Truly sensational in its youth, the 2017 La Rata will provide drinking enjoyment for at least another decade — but why wait? Drink 2020-2032" – Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog

"95 Points. The La Rata wines started as a blend of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon, but the winery has slowly incorporated a touch of Syrah. The 2017 La Rata, which checks in as 61% Grenache, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah, reveals a medium ruby/translucent hue to go with a meaty, gamey bouquet of ripe strawberry and black cherry fruits interwoven with lots of green herbs, sappy flowers, damp earth, and hints of smoked game. It shows more sweet fruit on the palate (as well as with time in the glass) and is medium to full-bodied, with a silky, elegant texture, fine tannins, and a great finish. Give it a healthy decant if drinking any time in the next year or two, and I suspect it will be best with 3-4 years of bottle age. It will evolve gracefully for 10-15 years or more if you’re so inclined." – Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

"94 Points. Expressive and vibrantly structured, with bold raspberry, black olive and bacon notes that take on richness and structure on a long, polished finish. Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2027." — Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

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