Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

New Releases from Bruce Patch Wines

Bruce Patch cut his teeth in the music industry — having once met the Beatles and helped to discover the famous 80’s band, The Cars. Bruce moved to the Russian River Valley in the late 1990’s, and transitioned his sales and marketing background into a successful distribution business representing small independent wineries in Sonoma County. Bruce Patch Wines sources grapes from throughout Sonoma County, including many notable vineyards like Coffaro and Harris-Kratka.

The winery recently sent me their new releases to sample.

2013 Bruce Patch The Red Dress – Dark crimson in color. 16.1% ABV. 50% Zinfandel, 40% Syrah and 10% Merlot. Intriguing nose of black fruits, currants and leather. Big, robust and full bodied with ample acidity. Cherries, cassis, olives and earth on the palate. The finish is long with a swath of tannins. A unique blend that works well here. Best over the next 2-4 years. $48 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

2013 Bruce Patch Zinfandel Los Chamizal Vineyard – Blood red in color. 16.1% ABV. 100% Zinfandel from a vineyard situated in the foothills above the town of Sonoma. The vines date back to the 70’s. Sublime nose of dark fruits, licorice and pepper. Full bodied with a ton of acidity and just a slight bit of heat. Black cherry, raspberry compote, cocoa and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. This is a big Zinfandel in all aspects. Cellar for a couple years or serve with some hearty grilled meats. $48 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.

Bruce Patch is honing his craft, making wines from up and coming vineyards and selling them at fair prices. Proceed accordingly.

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