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David Bruce Winery - Santa Cruz Mountains


David Bruce Riding the Crest of His Winemaking Career

Wine of the Month Club Gold Series Selection - Gold Medal Wine Club is extremely pleased to begin a glorious new year of wine tasting with a pair of multiple Gold Medal winners from David Bruce Winery. Dr. David Bruce has been producing award winning wines for decades. As you can tell by taking a quick look at the medals listed on page 2, his featured wines this month are certainly no exception.

David Bruce Winery is located in the Santa Cruz mountains near Los Gatos, California, about a 90 minute drive south of San Francisco. It was started in 1964 by Dermatologist David Bruce, who still operates the winery and serves also as the winemaker. The winery is situated on 25 acres of land, about 2200 feet above sea level. In fact, it’s located only a stone’s throw away from Loma Prieta summit, which was the epicenter of the huge 1989 “San Francisco” earthquake. The numerous fault lines that run through the area have created knife-like cliffs that are common sights. Winemakers in Santa Cruz county insist that these massive and powerful global shifts have brought special characteristics to the soil that make this wine-growing region unique. After the devastating earthquake which all but leveled the city of Santa Cruz, several area wineries banded together to produce a wine from which proceeds would go to earthquake relief and reconstruction. The wine was appropriately named “Epicenter Cuveé.”

In a business dominated by giants, David Bruce has cut a wide path. Not in terms of the quantity he produces, but by the quality of unusual and adventurous styles he has developed. He is often recognized as the forefather of “blush” wines, having made a White Zinfandel as early as 1964. He has made both dry and sweet late harvest Zinfandels and late harvest Grenache. His interest in Grenache and Petite Syrah in the late sixties was well before the mainstream.

David Bruce Winery is best known though, for big Chardonnays and exquisite Pinot Noirs. Few in the wine industry dispute the fact that Santa Cruz Mountain Pinots rank among the finest in the country, and perhaps in the world. The prestigious Vintner’s Club of San Francisco, a group of highly respected and knowledgeable wine experts from within the industry, in 1993 assembled the best American Pinot Noirs produced in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Their taste-off resulted in David Bruce’s 1990 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir winning the title as the finest in the land. Then in a similar competition held in 1994, he again took top honors against the likes of notable Pinot Noir producers, Calera, Sanford, Au Bon Climat, and Hess. (David Bruce’s highly regarded 1991 Estate Pinot Noir will be one of the featured selections in the next Platinum Series.)

Until the famous so-called “Judgment at Paris” in 1976 when a California wine won top honors against the best French wines, one did not mention California Chardonnays in the same sentence with the great White Burgundies. In 1993 the International Wine Exposition in Chicago held a re-enactment of the 1976 Paris tasting and included the same great French and American wineries. David Bruce’s 1991 Estate Chardonnay came out on top. Incredibly, in second place behind David Bruce was a $900.00 bottle of Batrad-Montrachet!

The Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are estate grown, each representing roughly half of the 25 acres. Three other varietals currently being produced are Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon which have all earned cases full of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as well. These wines account for approximately 35,000 cases of production each year. Obsessed with quality, David has little desire to expand beyond the current size. In fact, he is considering cutting back on production to put even more emphasis on quality.

The two featured wines this month from David Bruce have collectively won dozens of medals in the 1993/1994 competitions—too many to list! We know you will thoroughly enjoy both.



David Bruce

Gold Medal Wine Club is extremely pleased to begin a glorious new year of wine tasting with a pair of multiple Gold Medal winners from David Bruce Winery. Dr. David Bruce has been producing award winning wines for decades. As you can tell by taking a quick look at the medals listed on page 2, his featured wines this month are certainly no exception.

David Bruce Winery is located in the Santa Cruz mountains near Los Gatos, California, about a 90 minute drive south of San Francisco. It was started in 1964 by Dermatologist David Bruce, who still operates the winery and serves also as the winemaker. The winery is situated on 25 acres of land, about 2200 feet above sea level. In fact, it’s located only a stone’s throw away from Loma Prieta summit, which was the epicenter of the huge 1989 ‘San Francisco” earthquake. The numerous fault lines that run through the area have created knife-like cliffs that are common sights. Winemakers in Santa Cruz county insist that these massive and powerful global shifts have brought special characteristics to the soil that make this wine-growing region unique. After the devastating earthquake which all but leveled the city of Santa Cruz, several area wineries banded together to produce a wine from which proceeds would go to earthquake relief and reconstruction. The wine was appropriately named ‘Epicenter Cuveé.”

In a business dominated by giants, David Bruce has cut a wide path. Not in terms of the quantity he produces, but by the quality of unusual and adventurous styles he has developed. He is often recognized as the forefather of ‘blush” wines, having made a White Zinfandel as early as 1964. He has made both dry and sweet late harvest Zinfandels and late harvest Grenache. His interest in Grenache and Petite Syrah in the late sixties was well before the mainstream.

David Bruce Winery is best known though, for big Chardonnays and exquisite Pinot Noirs. Few in the wine industry dispute the fact that Santa Cruz Mountain Pinots rank among the finest in the country, and perhaps in the world. The prestigious Vintner’s Club of San Francisco, a group of highly respected and knowledgeable wine experts from within the industry, in 1993 assembled the best American Pinot Noirs produced in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Their taste-off resulted in David Bruce’s 1990 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir winning the title as the finest in the land. Then in a similar competition held in 1994, he again took top honors against the likes of notable Pinot Noir producers, Calera, Sanford, Au Bon Climat, and Hess. (David Bruce’s highly regarded 1991 Estate Pinot Noir will be one of the featured selections in the next Platinum Series.)

Until the famous so-called ‘Judgment at Paris” in 1976 when a California wine won top honors against the best French wines, one did not mention California Chardonnays in the same sentence with the great White Burgundies. In 1993 the International Wine Exposition in Chicago held a re-enactment of the 1976 Paris tasting and included the same great French and American wineries. David Bruce’s 1991 Estate Chardonnay came out on top. Incredibly, in second place behind David Bruce was a $900.00 bottle of Batrad-Montrachet!

The Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are estate grown, each representing roughly half of the 25 acres. Three other varietals currently being produced are Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon which have all earned cases full of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as well. These wines account for approximately 35,000 cases of production each year. Obsessed with quality, David has little desire to expand beyond the current size. In fact, he is considering cutting back on production to put even more emphasis on quality.

The two featured wines this month from David Bruce have collectively won dozens of medals in the 1993/1994 competitions—too many to list! We know you will thoroughly enjoy both.

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