Primitivo - $28
In 2012, we decided to add a new varietal to the list of wines we produced, so we picked up some Primitivo from Les Collines vineyard. Primitivo is genetically the same as Zinfandel but is grown in Italy. Zinfandel was brought over to the US more than 200 years ago and has adapted to the California climate, while Primitivo remained in the cooler climes of Italy. That makes Primitivo perfect for Walla Walla. We will release the 2013 vintage in the near future.
Tasting Notes: The initial nose of fresh cut wood mellows to Rainier cherry and caraway with a mouth full of blueberry, Italian prunes, and hints of thyme. Pair with salmon or crab cakes. Drink now through 2025. 4.03 pH and 6.0 g/L of titratable acidity.
Vera Primitivo - $40
With our first vintage of Primitivo, we also decided to pick the best two barrels and bottle those for the wine club.
Tasting Notes: This is our first year with Primitivo, which is Italian Zinfandel. Zinfandel and Primitivo are genetically identical but have been separated for a couple hundred years so there are some differences, but in general both are late ripening, love heat and sun, and have huge grape clusters. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Les Collines Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. For the wine club version of this variety, we aged it in 40% new oak as opposed to 20% and we blended two yeast strains together, Red Fruit and VQ51. Ruby in color, ripe aromatics and flavors of blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, red currant, and acai lead to black tea, smoother more chocolately tannin, and a linear acidity typical of Italian styles but remains smooth. The wine is both jammy and delicious. 3.83 pH and 6.98 g/L of titratable acidity. Drink now through 2020.
1905 Primitivo Port - $35
Who doesn't like Port? We decided in 2013 to do something really cool and make some fortified Primitivo, which we would age for two years and then release to the wine club. This wine was produced for the wine club, but will be available to select restaurants as well.
Tasting Notes: 2012 brought the addition of Primitivo to the Locati portfolio, but 2013 brought about the real gem: a ruby Port style wine produced from Les Collines Primitivo. Coming in a bit over 19% alcohol and 3% residual sugar, this wine is dessert. Brandied Maraschino cherries (the real ones), blackberry, and pepper on the nose and palate combine with fennel seed, melon, and savory herbs to create a wine that you can enjoy around the fireplace or after dinner. Drink now through 2025. 4.03 pH and 6.0 g/L of titratable acidity.