Jelly Jar 2018 California Red Wine


This Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot dominant red blend is a luscious, fruit-forward red blend with voluptuous mouthfeel and layers of blackberries, juicy cherries, with hints of violets and dark chocolate all complemented by smooth tannins and a balanced finish. Jelly Jar marks a return to early California winemaking, when Italian immigrants crafted food-friendly wines to enjoy around the family table – most often out of jelly jars. Long before Napa Valley became the wine destination it is known as today, these winemakers planted backyard vineyards and enlisted family members to harvest and crush grapes.

Andy Pestoni is a fourth generation winemaker with deep roots in the Napa Valley. Andy’s great-grandfather, Albino Pestoni, arrived in St. Helena in the late 1890’s from Italy and settled with his family. Making wine was part of their heritage and remnants of the family’s original hand-built winery still stands today at the base of Howell Mountain. Andy continues the winemaking tradition with Jelly Jar, a wine reminiscent of those early days when times were a bit simpler.

Andy inherited his ancestors’ love of wine and crafts Jelly Jar with profound understanding. He knows how to enhance the unique character of grapes from single vineyard sites he has hand-chosen.

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