Wine of the Day: 2012 Bruce Patch Wines “Take Five” Red Blend

A fruit driven Sonoma Valley red blend that’s a real crowd pleaser!

2012 Bruce Patch Wine "Take Five" Red Blend
2012 Bruce Patch Wine “Take Five” Red Blend

The Bruce Patch Wine “Take Five” Red Blend was inspired by one of the most performed jazz tunes of all time, Dave Brubeck’s legendary song of the same name. This wine was blended from five grapes — 50% merlot, 20% syrah, 18% malbec, 8% sangiovese and 4% petit verdot — sourced from five select Sonoma Valley vineyards. Aged 30 months in French and American oak. Bottled in July, 2015.   200 cases produced.

My tasting notes follow:

Dark garnet color with appealing black cherry, blackberry, red currant, lavender, and sandalwood aromas.  The rich palate  shows soft velvety tannins and luscious black cherry, blackberry, red currant, and vanilla flavors with a satisfying finish. It’s ready to drink now, but is best enjoyed if you give it some time to breath.  This one is a real crowd pleaser! (Very Good; 87-88 pts.)

15.5% abv | $35 (sample)

About Bruce Patch Wine:

Winemaker Bruce Patch made a name for himself in the Los Angeles music business by establishing small labels focused  on classic R&B, Doo Wop, and contemporary South Pacific music.  He and his partner, artist Andrea Cleall made their way north to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley in the late 1990’s.

He parlayed  his sales and marketing background in music into a successful distribution business representing small independent wineries in Sonoma County.  This would lead to a passion for and knowledge of winemaking that would inspire the creation of his own wine — Wine Guerrilla.  Over the course of a decade he built the brand and won accolades for his line-up of stellar single vineyard zinfandels.

Today, Bruce brings this history and experience to his most promising venture yet. Bruce Patch Wines sources the best grapes from throughout Sonoma County, including many vineyards like Clopton, Harris-Kratka and Carreras Ranch with whom Bruce has long relationships and a history of producing acclaimed wines. In addition to his trademark lush, full zinfandels, Bruce is also producing red blends and exquisite expressions of unique grapes like primitivo and malbec.


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One Comment

  1. Jill Barth says:

    Now that’s a cool-looking label!

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