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2012 'The Aerialist' by Jonas Cellars Napa Valley

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  2012 'The Aerialist' by Jonas Cellars Napa Valley

This liquid dazzling debutante embodies the place where power and grace intersect. Soaring aromatics of chocolate-covered cherries, cotton candy, black fruits and dusty minerals glide into a mouthful of bright raspberries, wild blackberries, and vanillin. A fleshy mid-palate, crunchy texture and a charred oak finish show these acrobats are flying high with no safety net. Just pure, unadulterated fruit that shows no fear in being exactly what it wants to be. Bravo!

$26.96 btl/mixed case*

* Purchase 12 bottles or more and receive a 10% discount.


Zach Long is the sort of guy with a lot of raw enthusiasm for winemaking. “Nobody’s really doing that” is less of a warning and more of an intriguing challenge for Zach who has winemaking experience on three continents. After all, how else do you find out why nobody’s doing it that way if you don’t give it a shot? Zach removed all the proverbial restrictor plates in the making of Jonas. No-holds-barred, he starts with Cabernet Franc grapes that are the size of peas (and produce very little juice). With the attention of a helicopter parent, Zach meticulously triple sorts the grapes, and then ferments them in new French oak barrels that have had the barrel-heads removed. After about two weeks the barrel heads are put back on and the grapes, skins and seeds remain inside for a full four to five months. With the patience of a saint he waits, and waits, until the wine has achieved optimal tannin integration. The juice is then pressed off of the skins and returned to age in barrel until Jonas really starts coming together. It’s insanely hard work but the results speak for themselves.

About Jonas
Item Code:
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Zach Long
24 months
Oak Treatment/Stainless Steel:
French Oak;12% new
Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley
Select Calistoga & Mt. Veeder Sites
Total Varietal Composition in %:
100% Cabernet Franc
# bottles:
% Alcohol:

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