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.
2016 Bruce Patch The Red Dress Zinfandel Blend – Purple in color. 16.1% ABV. 50% Zinfandel, 25% Syrah and 25% Merlot. Gorgeous nose of black fruits, licorice and baking spices. Full bodied with ample acidity and nice balance. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur and big dose of pepper on the palate. Big, hearty wine. Best over the next 4-6 years. My rating: 91 points.
2017 Bruce Patch Call Me Scarlet Zinfandel Blend – Opaque purple in color. 16.1% ABV. 50% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah and 25% Malbec. Sublime nose of red and black fruits, molten licorice and baking spices. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Rich, plush and concentrated. Black cherries, cassis liqueur, plums and spice on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. A unique red blend that is thoroughly compelling. Best over the next 305 years. My rating: 92 points.
2013 Bruce Patch Alexander Valley Zinfandel – Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Intriguing nose of red and black fruits, leather, earth and pepper. Medium to full bodied with nice acidity. Well balanced. Black cherry liqueur, raspberry, anise and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Delicious Zinfandel that is ready to drink. $35 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.