What follows is a section of my 2010 Walla Walla Spring Release Report. The report will be published in its entirety in .pdf form after the last entry is posted to the blog. See previous posts here.

Locati Cellars is a new Walla Walla winery which opened in December of 2009. The winery, named after owners Michael and Penny Locati, focuses on Italian varietals. Locati’s tasting room is located in The Depot building right off Highway 12 in Walla Walla.

While Locati has sourced fruit for its initial offerings, the winery has a thirty-seven acre estate vineyard, nine of which are currently planted to Barbera and Sangiovese. The vineyard is now in its third leaf.

Locati’s initial offerings have been made by consulting winemakers.

Locati Cellars makes 1,000 cases annually.

Note: This article was revised after publication due to inaccuracies regarding the size and plantings of the estate vineyard as well as the winery’s future plans for the position of winemaker. See the comment thread.

Locati Cellars Sangiovese Columbia Valley 2006 $26

Rating: * (Excellent) Earth, pepper, red currant, and cranberry on an aromatic wine that also shows a bit of baker’s chocolate. Zippy acidity with a lot of cranberry flavors on a somewhat puckering palate. 100% Sangiovese. Candy Mountain.

Locati Cellars Innovation Columbia Valley 2007 $25
Rating: + (Good) Light in color. Bright and fruit filled with cranberries, red cherries, a touch of earth, and some candied aromas. Tart with rich chocolate flavors and cranberry fruit on the palate. An enjoyable, clean wine. 54% Barbera (Lonesome Springs Vineyard), 33% Cabernet Sauvignon (Goose Ridge), and 13% Sangiovese (Candy Mountain).

Locati Cellars Barbera Columbia Valley 2006 $26
Rating: + (Good) Bright, candied red fruit and red currant along with black tea. A very tart palate that shows lots of cranberry flavors. Lonesome Springs Vineyard.