2010 Vespidae WV Pinot

2010 Vespidae WV Pinot
2010 Vespidae WV Pinot

A black heart with long red flames

 

A Story: Vespidae (ves-puh-day): Latin name of the family of wasp trying to kill me.

The Cliff Notes: The color is dark cherry with a nose of spicy cherry, Red Hots candy and crème brulee. On the palate it’s lovely ripe red, favoring length over sweetness, and showing medium plus structure.

The Vintage: What started late and cool ended well on the red fruit end of the spectrum, but with yields down 35% from the previous vintage, due to low managed yields and heretofore unseen populations of migratory birds.

The Building of: Six- to eight-barrel-lot, wild-yeast fermentations in stainless steel; 100% barrel aged for 18 months (31% new, 26% one year, 43% three year or older); bottled unfined and unfiltered in March 2012.

Ageability: This wine should easily climb in complexity towards and likely beyond ten years.

VineyardsShea Vineyard(13 years) contributed ripe dark fruit, Temperance Hill (31 years) brought old-vine complexity, Black Walnut (8 years) added sweet earth and Anderson Family (20 years) supplied hi-tone and spice. 

— Jim Prosser, owner/winemaker

AppellationWillamette Valley
PH3.58
Alcohol13.00%
Volume750 ml
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