Preface is a new Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Organically grown on a single hillside estate on the Mayacamas range, in the southeast portion of the Alexander Valley, our friend Philippe Melka is the winemaking magician behind this beautifully crafted red wine. Philippe and his team hand-picked these grapes during the night, maintaining optimal freshness. They sorted each grape, first by hand, and then again using an optical sorter (aka the most advanced winemaking gizmo I have ever seen). Philippe determined that an 18-month élévage in French oak barrels (65% new) would best suit this wine, and we agree. Preface has a plummy, plush core, with a gorgeous note of espresso and baking chocolate providing a bass line to the tune. It is an easy wine to love!