2020 Preston Vin Gris, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California (750ml)

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Founded in 1975, Preston Farm and Winery is a family-operated, organic property in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley. The 125 acres are nestled between a meandering salmon-spawning stream and a sleepy stretch of former wagon trail leading to town. Under the Preston family’s stewardship, the land has evolved from an emphasis on wine alone to diversified crops, including vineyards, vegetables, fruit and olive trees, grain, and pastured livestock.

Dry Creek Valley has a long and rich history of grape growing and wine production that reaches back to the late 1800s, when local immigrant families settled there to forge new lives and develop new communities. This vibrant stretch of Sonoma County has a deep, personal and survivalist side, reflected in the quest of farmers to eke out a living from the soil, inventive adaptations to the rigors of Prohibition, and the contemporary blend of winemakers who blaze new trails in this evolving AVA.

Composed of a blend of 40% Cinsaut, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache, each grape variety in Preston’s Vin Gris is picked separately, then co-fermented in a mixture of stainless steel tanks (85%) and a few barrels (15%). The wine is subsequently aged 5 months sur lie prior to bottling. 2020 saw an extremely difficult harvest, although those struggles are a faded memory upon enjoying of a glass of the Vin Gris!

Light peach in color with flashes of pink, the nose is filled with sweet citrus, ripe peach and a hint of chalk. The palate shows an orange-citrus note, sweet pink grapefruit, nectarine and tart strawberries, before leading to a persistent, clean finish. 520 cases produced.

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