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.

The winery recently sent me their new releases to sample.

2021 Bruce Patch Zinfandel Biglieri Vineyard – Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. 100% from Biglieri Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. The vines date back to the 1960’s. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, citrus, anise and flowers. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Loaded with bright, juicy fruits. Raspberry, blood orange, baking spices and a hint of pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. The best Zinfandel I have had from Bruce Patch! Drink over the next 3-4 years. $38 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.

2022 Bruce Patch Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley – Bright crimson in color. 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah. Medium body with perfect acidity. Bright and fresh. Cherry, strawberry and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Such a charming Dry Creek Zin. Best over the next several years. $38 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.

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