about Cellar Rat wine
The wines I’m making are approachable, versatile, drinkable dry reds. I want to make wine that appeals to the largest audience and can be shared with friends.
These wines are not food dependent wines but also compliment a variety of dishes. Our favorites are Italian and Mexican food pairings.
2018 EL RATON
6% Petit Verdot
178 cases produced
Our love for Sangiovese continues with this flagship wine called El Raton.
94% Sangiovese from Phillips Family Vineyard makes the base for this easy drinker. The 6% Petit Verdot comes from La Pradera Vineyard and builds the mid palate body and lots of extra color.
Extra aging in neutral French oak barrels made this wine ready to drink with no need for any bottle aging.
The image on the front label is inspired by Lotería, a game I grew up playing, so it serves as an homage to my upbringing. And if you’ve ever played Lotería you might recognize the pinto bean markers on the back.
Our easy-drinking El Raton pairs well with a multitude of foods from pasta and pizza to the more casual cheese and meat board. We find it pairs best with a puzzle.
2019 ESTOY AQUI + POCO LOCO
We got a little crazy with these unique blends but, they both stay true to our love of easy-drinking reds. Porch pounders, if you will. Perfect pairing with pizza, pastas, popcorn and BBQ. In the hotter months, a slight chill will make these refreshing and smooth drinking.
2019 Estoy Aqui blend:
60% Mourvédre + 20% Zinfandel from the Timmons Family Estate + 20% Syrah from Hoss Fly Vineyards
170 cases produced
2019 Poco Loco blend:
40% Sangiovese from Alta Loma Vineyards + 40% Merlot from Paka Vineyard + 20% Zinfandel from the Timmons Family Estate
170 cases produced
2018 Poco Loco
95 cases produced
You might call us a little crazy but we think being a little crazy is a beautiful thing!
The latest Cellar Rat red blend – POCO LOCO – is ready for your glass. It’s another easy-drinking red blend that pairs perfectly with your favorite tacos or Tex Mex dish.
Like all Cellar Rat wine, POCO LOCO is made with 100% Texas fruit. It’s a blend of 50% Sangiovese from Alta Loma Vineyards + 25% Counoise + 25% Cinsault, both from Farmhouse Vineyards. This blend of grapes is not very common, which is why it may seem a little crazy.
What we’ve created is a blend that is fruit-driven, great with and without food, dry, drinkable red.
2019 Sassquatch Pink
44 cases produced
This rosé is a blend of 45% Grenache from La Pradera Vineyards and 55% Counoise grown by Farmhouse Vineyards. 10% of the Counoise was aged in a concrete egg housed at Lost Draw Cellars.
What we enjoy about the Sassquatch Pink are the red qualities along with the acid and fruit combo that makes this wine oh so fresh. The name Sassquatch Pink comes from a nickname we have for our winemaker, Clint, because, well, he’s really sassy some times.
Think light when pairing this — shrimp cocktail, ceviche, crawfish boil, fruit & veggies, light cheese like havarti, brie or Swiss. Best served real cold on a hot day!
196 cases produced
The 2017 Sangiovese comes from the Letkeman Family Vineyards in Gaines County, Texas. Andrew Sides from Lost Draw Cellars helped me with the acquisition of these grapes.
This wine was aged in neutral French Oak for 16 months and is made for pizza. Don’t worry all 3 of you pizza haters out there because, it’s amazing with spaghetti and meatballs too. Really anything red and Italian is gonna go well with this Sangiovese. It pairs well with just a glass too. Throw the cork away cause you’re not gonna need it after you open this beauty.
2017 Estoy Aqui
144 cases produced
The primitivo came from Narra Vineyards in Terry County and the Sangiovese is from the Letkeman Family Vineyards in Gaines County. This sexy blend was inspired by Benjamin Calais when he showed me a 2011 blend of the same grapes. Also aged in neutral French Oak for 16 months, the Estoy Aqui brings a fruit bomb straight to your mouth. Pairs excellent with smoky bbq and fishing stories.
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Great date night wine
Great date night wine! Easy drinker to enjoy while cooking and pairs perfectly with lasagna or your favorite pasta dish.
Palate pleasing approach-ability
Cellar Rat wines expertly achieve palate pleasing approach-ability without jeopardizing complexity. The blend balances nuanced notes of ripe raspberry, vanilla cream and violets with the rich mouthfeel you would expect from zinfandel. This is a wine made not only for Texas cuisine, but for warm evenings and long Hill Country sunsets.
Open it, chill it and enjoy
Open it, chill it and enjoy. This is a really pleasant summer red, that will pair beautifully with summer picnics and bbqs. Bright acidity with fine tannins and delicate, but sweet red berries across the length of the wine makes this a perfect chillable red.