The Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, California is known for bold reds like the mighty Zinfandel but a trip to Preston is quite special: warm, inviting and lush wine just behind that white picket fence. Come on in!
Preston is both an organic farm and winery. They also have an “honor system” vegetable market on the homey front porch and homemade olive oil and vintage goods in the tasting room. Various and friendly kitties will join you as you enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the lush flowering trees and gardens and rustic fountain in the yard. You will not want to leave.
Carignane began its journey in Spain and Algeria, loving and thriving in that hot climate. The French in Algeria brought it home to the Rhone Valley and the Languedoc regions. But carignane has been mostly considered a blending grape. It craves the heat and sun so it’s a very dark purple grape. But with that deeper color and need for heat it tends to be more acidic and have higher tannins. Thus making it difficult to make into a single varietal wine.
Preston’s 2009 Carignane is quite unusual and fine. It offers scents of Sonoma: woods, clove and earth. Flavors of deep, dried fruits like black cherry and plum, raisin are intense but smooth. Some spices come through like clove and cinnamon and a touch of tobacco and even a hint of lavender. This is a big red but also well-rounded, so allow it to open and breathe to allow those flavors to fully ripen.
A trip to Preston is a delight. They offer some uniquely delicious varietals and a gorgeous and warm setting to enjoy the best of Sonoma. Enjoy!