Price: $65
Case or Club: $55


Thesis: A black heart with long red flames.

A Story: Vespidae (ves-puh-day): Latin name of the family of wasps 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.

Cases Produced: 791 cases of this, our flagship.

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: We absolutely recommend that you consider decanting to get it some air within its first three years. This wine should easily climb in complexity towards and likely beyond ten years.

Alcohol: 13%

pH: 3.58

Vineyards: Shea 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