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Columbia Willamette Enological Society
December Program  

Locati Cellars, Walla Walla, WA

  • Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
  • Time: Social wine pours at 7:10; Program begins at 7:25pm.
  • Location: EB Hamilton Hall
  • Presenter: Jason Fox, Production Winemaker
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  • Cost: $30 members; $35 Guests ($3 additional charge without a reservation.)
  • Bring: Two wine glasses each person
  • Reservations: Reserve by Saturday, December 6th to get the reservation discount.
    Call Ray Maddix at: (360) 944-2051 or E-Mail Maddix @ comcast . net
  • Printable Information: December Announcement
Welcome Wine

Lagana Cellars 2013 Sauvignon Blanc-Presenter Jason Fox's personal label. 80% Sauvignon Blanc, Sagemoor Vineyard and 20% Muscat Blanc, Price Point $18
This wine is a marriage of both Washington and New Zealand styles of Sauvignon Blanc. Tropical fruits of passion fruit and pineapple, stone fruits such as peach and apricot, and orange blossom, linalool, and grassiness are on the nose. On the palate, a pleasant mouthfeel with moderate acidity lead to lime, grapefruit, and peach that is secondarily taken over by the wines inherent grassiness. This is the perfect summer wine.

Tasting Wines

2013 Walla Walla Pinot Grigio-100% Pinot Grigio, Price Point $18
The fruit comes from the Breezy Slope vineyard in the Blue Mountains surrounding the Walla Walla Valley at an elevation of 1750 ft. 2013 presented a year of early canopy growth, a warm summer, and then a cooling rainy trend that prevented excess sugars and maintained acidity. The wine exhibits pear, grapefruit, Meyer lemon, and white pepper on the nose leading into ripe, fruity flavors. The wine is fruit forward, completely dry, and has mouthwatering acidity. The richer mouth feel is present due to two months of aging on the lees; barreling was 100% in stainless steel barrels. Drink now through 2017.

2013 Dry Orange Muscat-100% Orange Muscat, Point $16
Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, was planted in 1996, and is around 110 acres at an elevation between 890-1000ft with 2-8 % slope mostly S and SE in Kootenay silt loam soils. Before this land was planted to vineyard, it was planted to apricots. This wine is intensely aromatic and crisp. Orange blossoms, fresh clementine orange fruit with a slight rind attribute, linalool, and an assortment of stone fruits: peach, pear, and apricot carry through to the palate from the nose. The acidity and fruit are balanced to create a wine that is incredibly enjoyable and easy to drink on a nice spring or summer day. Drink now through 2018.

2010 Innovation-a blend of 50% Barbera and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, Columbia Valley AVA, and 25% Sangiovese Mission Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley AVA, Price Point $20
Bud break arrived on schedule in early April, but a cool, wet spring led to delayed flowering and reduced fruit set across many varieties and was followed by an unusually cool summer produced dramatic differences in ripening between warmer and cooler sites, with veraison extending well into September in some cooler areas. However, naturally low yields, combined with over a month of consistently warm weather from late September through late October, produced phenolic ripeness and flavor development with extraordinary natural acidity.
This wine opens with aromatics of maraschino cherry, strawberry, red raspberry, leather, and black pepper. On the palate, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and leather meld with the smooth tannin and lasting finish. Typical of Italian varietals, this wine showcases mouthwatering acidity from the cool vintage in which it was grown, but due to these varietals' early ripening tendencies, the wine is balanced and shows itself true. Aged for three years in barrel: 70% Neutral Oak (Barbera & Cab Sauv.) and 30% new Hungarian Oak (Sangiovese). Drink now through 2016.

2011 Barbera-100% Barbera, Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, Columbia Valley AVA, Price Point $25
2011 was a rough year for viticulture. A hard freeze in November of 2010 destroyed vineyards across the state resulting in losses up to 80% in some places. Walla Walla Valley AVA was among the hardest hit, and 2011 presented the 2nd cool year in a row with bud break, flowering, fruit set, and veraison all a month behind schedule and some winemakers hung fruit well into October, and even November. However, both the freeze and heavy thinning led to physiologically ripe fruit and wines more of Old World structure and flavor with lower alcohol. This garnet colored Barbera presents blueberry, tart red cherry, and slate minerality on the nose that leads into bright acidity and chocolate tannins on the palate to complement the maraschino cherry and blueberry flavors. Definitely a young drinker, but will reward a bit of aging. Drink now through 2017.

2010 Estate Sangiovese-100% Sangiovese, Mission Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla AVA, Price Point $25
Our second Estate Sangiovese from the Mission Hills vineyard is a solid dark brick color that smells of strawberry, raspberry, and red cherry. As the wine hits your palate, the same fruits as well as chocolate, tea, and a slight hint of heirloom tomato and nuances of forest floor and cremini mushrooms with the oak in the background create a taste that will bring a smile to your face. Drink now through 2017.

2012 Primitivo-100% Primitivo, Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, Price Point $28
The 2012 growing season was excellent with warm temperatures and ample time for the fruit to reach full ripeness with big swings in the daytime highs to nighttime lows that preserved acidity. Les Collines Vineyard lies at 1200-1500 ft on the border with Oregon, close to the Blue Mountains. The soil is a loess and silt delivered by the Missoula floods. Our first Primitivo release, ruby in color, is ripe in aromatics and shows flavors of blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, red currant, and acai with black tea, dusty tannin, and a linear acidity typical of Italian Zinfandels. The wine is both jammy and delicious. Barreling was 20% New Hungarian Oak and 80% Neutral French Oak.

The Program

Locati Cellars returns CWES focus to Italian Wines. Locati Cellars' estate vineyards lie near the center of the Walla Walla Valley. The vines are planted in one to three feet of wind-deposited glacial loess overlying sand, silt, and gravel deposits of the famous Missoula floods. During the 12,000 years since the last flood, the Walla Walla River has been hard at work, removing the Missoula flood sediments from its valley. This erosion has created the present valley floor topography of stream channels separated by hills, ridgelines, and terraces. The elevated and sloping topography of Locati Vineyards allows cold air to drain away from the vineyards and the southwestern aspect concentrates solar warming of the soil. The roots of the vines reach through the loess well into the Missoula floods sediments, both of which are well-drained and allow for precise control of irrigation water in the semi-arid Walla Walla Valley.

Since I'm sure you'll enjoy the tasting do your friends a favor and invite them to come with you.

Join us for the "Welcome Wine" at 7:10 PM with the Program to begin at 7:25 PM. Bring 2 (two) wine glasses for comparative tasting, and that friend we talked about to share the evening with you

Chef JD Thomas and his associates will be matching these fantastic wines with some intriguing food bites specifically paired to match their best qualities.

Make your reservations early as seating is expected to fill up quickly.

Let us know how many reservations you want to make. Please let us know by Saturday, December 6, 2014. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests, if made before Saturday the 6th ($33 and $38 at the door).

Note - if you reserve and then must cancel, please call or email because we are charged for all reservations.