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.
2018 Bruce Patch Zinfandel Harris Kratka Vineyard – Dark crimson in color. 16.1% ABV. 85% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Sensational nose of red fruits, citrus, peach and Christmas spices. Medium body with perfect acidity and balance. Incredibly elegant. Cherry, raspberry, blood orange and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Without question the best version of this wine going back many years. Best over the next 3-5 years. $35 at the winery and retail. My rating: 95 points.
2019 Bruce Patch Zinfandel Schoolhouse Creek Vineyard – Crimson in color. 15.5% ABV. 77% Zinfandel and 23% Petite Sirah. Medium to full bodied with mouth watering acidity and exceptional balance. Dark, brooding and chewy. Blackberry, black cherry liqueur, chocolate and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish with prominent tannins. The Petite Sirah in the blend is unmistakable and compelling. Give this wine some time in the cellar. Best over the next 5-7 years. $35 at the winery and retail. My rating: 93 points.
Bruce Patch is honing his craft, making wines from up and coming vineyards and selling them at fair prices. Proceed accordingly.