As its a Full a Pull exclusive, I’m guessing many on here may not even know of La Rata’s existence. Don’t recall ever seeing much FP chatter here, unlike on the CT boards.
I thought about the offer for a minute, but the idea of a Cab/Grenache blend just does not interest me, especially at $70. I’m sure it will be a good wine based on the Cayuse source material. If it were around $50 I may have bought a bottle.
Will be interested to see people’s thoughts on the wine.
I ordered late this afternoon when the email dropped - I am a sucker for Cayuse/Horsepower/No Girls and 2012 was a stellar vintage. I plan on opening one shortly after whatever Thursday I pick it up on, so I’ll report back.
I was tempted, but just filled a case after 9 months and do not want to start another one. The price is out side my comfort zone and I would rather buy a couple of good Pinot. FP was my go to source for WA reds of which I do not need more at this time. My Cayuse envy has run it’s course, hopefully not to be replaced by Pinot envy.
I ordered one, just to see what all the fuss is about.
Here’s the excerpt from today’s e-mail:
"La Rata UPDATE: As legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy once said: “Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.” The response to Wednesday’s La Rata offer has been overwhelming. We’re still collecting orders (and will through midnight Tuesday), and from the way things are going, it looks like allocations will max out at 2 bottles per person. (Reminder: we’ll send allocation notices on Wednesday Sept 30).
I’m sure that will be frustrating to folks who were hoping for more like 3 or 6 or 12 bottles. The good news is: La Rata is very much not a one-off. The 2013 vintage is in bottle, the 2014 is in barrel, and Elizabeth let me know that the Grenache and Cabernet for the 2015 La Rata were picked yesterday. This is only the beginning."
Allocation notices went out. Looks like I only got two of the four I requested, though happy to have them. I was planning to open one straight away as it has me very curious, but with only two allocated, I’ll hold off and let them get some age first.
Looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are on this. I’m amazed by how under the radar this has stayed, I receive Cayuse and No Girls and had no idea that Elizabeth had this coming out… Not that I really need to buy more at this price point
I opened one christmas eve. The nose is pure rocks and gorgeous, however we found the palate to be lacking depth- just came across a bit short and thin (and/or closed). Hopefully will add a bit of weight, recommend holding a bit assuming that is possible.
Next wine we had was a 2004 Armada which is still but a wee child in development, IMO, but a wonderful wine if a bit on the bigger fruit driven side.
Sean Sullivan, a guy I used to read when he only did reviews on his blog, Washington Wine Report, was hired by Wine Enthusiast a year or so ago. I tend to agree with his reviews and palate, and he recently posted his review of La Rata:
La Rata 2012 Red Blend Walla Walla Valley 94 points
“This is the inaugural release from Elizabeth Bourcier, assistant vigneronne at Cayuse Vineyards. A unique blend of Grenache (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon, 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. Editor’s Choice”
Nice review from, again, a guy whose palate I like. Still holding onto my two, however!