A Better Review

It has been quite a while since we drank a bottle of the 2005 Preston Viognier. I have a few bottles of it hanging out, and my last review of this wine didn’t do it justice as it was the 3rd or 4th wine of the evening on Thanksgiving last year and we were battling it out at Trivial Pursuit while drinking it. You can check out my paltry review here.

This time we drank the wine just sitting around one hot evening (a theme around here this summer, given the temperatures!). This is my third summer spent in the DC area and my 4th in Virginia. I am still not used to the heat!

The wine had a real cork closure, clocked in at 13.7% alcohol by volume and was made of grapes from Dry Creek Valley.

On the nose I found peach, honeysuckle, spice, and a bit of a topical note. In the mouth the wine was light and crisp. The flavors were peach, honey, and a bit of spice. The wine had silky feel in back of palate, I really enjoyed it. Overall an excellent wine and another great offering from Preston.

We made a brief return to Preston on our last Sonoma trip to pick up some olive oil and were disappointed to find that Preston was entirely sold out of all their white wines and hardly had any reds left either. I hope that they have released some new vintages by now! Preston was a cool place to visit, I think the most intriguing part, besides the wine of course, were the cats in the yard by the tasting room. There are just a ton of cats that live there!

5 Responses

  1. Mmm, since I love a good Viognier AND Rosenblum’s Marsanne from Preston Vineyard, this needs to be in my fridge. If/when I have the space and money to spare. Sadly, I’m on self-inflicted time-out.

  2. Great pick. I live in Healdsburg and Preston is one of our favorite places to picnic. They used to have two bocce courts and we’d spend several afternoons a summer in serious competition while sipping a rose or viognier. Have you tried their Madame Preston? It’s an intriguing blend of, I want to say, Rousillon and . . . semillon(?). You’ll just have to come back out and try it . . .


  3. I second Lia’s recommendation to try Madame Preston Grape Wine. It’s a rhone blend of roussanne, viognier, and marsanne. It’s yummy stuff. I’ve got bottles of their sauvignon blanc and zinfandel stashed away, and will be buying some of this viognier next time I can get over to the ‘burg.

  4. Aw, there’s always room for more wine Farley…. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by Lia! I have tried the Madame Preston, I think I reviewed it back in January or February. It is for sure an interesting wine!

    Overall, I’m really impressed with all of Preston’s offerings Dr.Debs. I don’t think we have anything left though, this was a straggler from the case we bought last August! And I can’t say enough good things about their olive oil either!!

  5. I had the Preston Red recently and it’s quite good. THinking about stocking it…

    Also, they are biodynamic at Preston!

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