Vineyard: Vineyards: Temperance Hill (30 years) brought old-vine complexity, Shea Vineyard (12 years) ripe dark fruit, Black Walnut (7 years) earth, Gemini Vineyard (18 years) massive red, and Anderson Family (19 years) hi-tone and spice.
Soil: A mix of volcanic soils from the different sites.
Vinification: Six- to eight-barrel-lot wild yeast fermentations in stainless steel.
Aging: 100% barrel aged for 19 months, 18% new/23% one year/59% three year or older. Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The 2014 Vespidae bottling from Jim Prosser’s J. K. Carriere winery is a superb bottle in the making, but this pure and classy pinot is built for the cellar and deserves another six to eight years tucked away before it will truly start to stir. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, raised in just over twenty percent new oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The bouquet is very pure and focused, offering up a fine blend of red plums, black cherries, raw cocoa, a fine base of soil, incipient meatiness, a touch of fresh sage and a discreet base of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full and focused, and rock solid at the core, with excellent focus and balance, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. This will be outstanding when it has blossomed and should age long and gracefully. Impressive juice. 2021- 2055.