There is a lot of symmetry between music and wine. Music and wine are both artistic expressions, born of single components harmoniously amalgamated into a new creation. Enjoyment of music is as subjective as enjoyment of wine, yet there is a common understanding of how to rate both in terms of quality. Furthermore, age often dictates agreement in the qualitative rating systems of music and wine.
Bruce Patch is a man after my own heart. He began his career in the music industry, having once met the Beatles and helped discover the Cars. Over time he relocated from his home in Boston to the west coast where he promoted to classic R&B, Doo Wop, and contemporary South Pacific Music. Rolling with life, Bruce eventually migrated from music to wine. Today, Bruce Patch is adding his rock and roll flair to his own line for rockin red wines.
2012 Bruce Patch Take Five Sonoma Valley – Sonoma County USA ($35): Crafted of 50% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 18% Malbec, 8% Sangiovese and 4% Petit Verdot; bright garnet; notes of bright red fruit, spice notes, dried rose petals, smoky tobacco, and lingering chocolate and vanilla; inspired by the legendary song of the same name by Dave Brubeck; jazzy on the palate, lively and energetic yet smooth and silky, well-structured with balanced tannins and acidity, lingering spicy finish.
2014 Bruce Patch Malbec Woolard Vineyard – Sonoma Valley Sonoma County USA ($35): 100% Malbec; bright violet with deep purple hues; baked blackberries and plums, wet tobacco leaves, dark chocolate, hint of roasted coffee beans, dried violets, baking spice, and trailing vanilla; on the palate the fruit becomes more red berries wrapped in dusty earth, a nice balance of tannins and acidity wrap the mouth, lighter in body than expected, long, dusty finish.
2014 Bruce Patch Zinfandel Harris Kratka Vineyard Anderson Valley – Sonoma County USA ($35): opaque ruby with deep purple hues; warm notes of blackberries, cherries, plums, and pomegranate marmalade simmering on the stove, with baking spices and a cherry cola sweetness; cherry cola persists on palate in an unexpected yet pleasing experience, balanced tannins and acidity with a touch of natural sweetness though structured with an earthiness as well, full-body, silky mouth-feel, long cola finish.
2014 Bruce Patch The Red Dress Sonoma County USA ($35): Crafted of 63% Zinfandel, 16% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 7% Carignane and 4% Petite Sirah; bright violet with scarlet and purple hues; fun aromas of bright red fruit, white pepper, violets and savory herbal notes; bright on the palate as well, crushed velvet mouth-feel, racy and energetic, well-structured with balanced tannins and acidity; medium body, soft, yet pleasing finish.
I must admit I had no idea what to expect with these wines. Before receiving them I was unfamiliar with Bruce Patch. The wines showed up un-announced so I had no introduction to them. I must say I am impressed. These are good wines. Very modern, appealing to millennials in presentation, vigor, and energy; yet balanced and well-structured. For those that don’t want to drink their parent’s wines, these are for you. For those that want to share a good wine with your millennials these wines are for you. Kudos to Bruce Patch for crafting some really lovely wines.
*Disclaimer: These media samples were sent to me by the winery. All thoughts and opinion are my own.
To learn more about Bruce Patch wines, view his entire portfolio and order these wines for yourself visit the Bruce Patch Wines web site.
My Music Selection: In honor of Bruce Patch’s music career, and help discover the Cars, as well as the beautiful labels on each wine bottle of these four lovely women I have selected this song:
Get your own bottle of Bruce Patch wine and let me know what song you pair with it.