One of the best Zinfandels of the year. It defines Dry Creek Valley in its brambly fruit and soft, dusty tannins, but raises the bar in elegance, complexity and sheer pleasure. It’s a very dry wine, with a trace of bitterness in the finish. Drink this with the finest barbecue and grilled meats you can find.
A silky, viscous, lovely wine that is the equal of just about any Marsanne from the south of France. It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with a touch of apple and vanilla backed by citrus and toast. One of Preston’s best efforts.
A dark, young, compact wine that’s barely showing its stuff. The aromas and flavors are all dark: blackberry, plum, black pepper; ample tannins mask the ripe, sweet fruit, but it’s there, and just needs time. Very dry and rich. Have it tonight with braised ribs or similar fare, or let it grow in your cellar.
Lots of California Mourvedres have a strong animal or bacon note in the nose, and here it dominates black cherry, currant, Molasses and smoky oak. Voluptuous on the palate; soft and velvety, with creamy tannins and fine fruit. A little soft, and needs just the right food, but really an interesting wine.
Although a bit more acidity would have pushed this wine into the next decile, it’s still a delicious drink. Floral aromas burst from the glass, backed by pear- and melon-like fruit, plenty of glycerine and richness, and a spicy accent to the medium-length finish.
Preston’s proprietary Sauvignon Blanc shows why Dry Creek Valley is so hospitable to this varietal. Rich and graceful. Although it’s on the grassy, herbal side, a little Sémillon adds richness and some real complexity. Defines Sauvignon style. Best Buy.
Ripe and even, this appealing Sonoman delivers a lovely perfume of cassis toast and white pepper. Plenty of oak keeps it dark and tart, but of the type, it’s very well done, with an even mouthfeel and long, tangy finish. This should be even better in two or three years.
The aromas are of tree bark, tea and cola. Juicy blackberry flavors burst onto your palate touched with spice and full but soft tannins, all of which makes this an enjoyable wine to drink now or through 2005. —C.S.