Once upon a time in a place very close, there was a grape called Petite Sirah that was the king of red wine. It outsold Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in laughable numbers. It was called Petite Sirah because it was mistakenly thought to be a descendant of Syrah, the great red of the Northern Rhone. DNA testing showed it wasn't, but a much lesser grape called Durif and so it was banished from the red wine kingdom.
However, the fact is that this grape makes luscious wine in California. Who cares what it is elsewhere? A few West Coast stalwarts have stuck with it, and we're glad they did.
Jelly Jar commemorates the Italian ancestors of winemaker Andy Pestoni, who would make their wine from vines in the backyard and drink it in jelly jars. No fancy labels and no fancy stemware were needed.
Andy is now celebrating 125 years of his family making wines - that's five generations. The Pestoni Family Estate Winery is located in the heart of the Napa Valley, where they own or farm 60 acres of grapes. Andy's Jelly Jar, however, is his own project, with grapes coming from Lake County - probably the best kept wine secret in California.
Our selection may be named after a simple vessel, but it was given the royal treatment. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new. The result is a powerful statement of flavor and intensity that boggles the mind as well as the senses.