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David Bruce Winery has earned an international reputation throughout its nearly four decades for its dedication to producing the greatest pinot noir in the world. In pursuit of this goal, the David Bruce Winery has adhered to traditional European winemaking practices that trace their lineage back to the early pioneers of winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley. David Bruce Winery has also been at the forefront of efforts to develop innovative new methods that have changed the face of winemaking in California.
Once one of California’s prominent winegrowing regions,years of urban expansion forced many growers out of the Santa Clara Valley. Fine vineyards remain however,in the foothills of our Santa Cruz Mountains where this wine was born. We begin with small, open top fermentations,emphasize gentle handling,and bottle without fining or filtration. This wine exhibits forward dark cherry and berry tinged with hints of ripe loganberry. Rosemary,pepper and cedar accent the fruit without overpowering it,and the palate is rich and supple with ample gut balanced tannins. While drinking well now,this wine should reward aging for a few years in a proper cellar.
This wine brings together fruit from three different vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains - our own Estate, R bar R Ranch and Split Rail Vineyards. While within the same appellation, each site lends it's own unique character to the blend. The Estate component comprises all of our late vineyard picks and thus accentuates ripe tropical fruits. Split Rail, several miles from David Bruce, lends earthiness and a light, smokey complexity to the wine. R bar R Ranch, one of the coolest sites we work with, produces a wine with bright citrus fruits and lively acidity, providing freshness and structure for the blend. The finished wine strikes a nice balance between richness and freshness, with far greater complexity that any of its parts.
We have made more petite syrah from this vineyard over the last two decades than any other,and continue to marvel at the consistency and quality it displays. With a signature of blueberries in the nose,and hints of spices and mint beneath, the wine manages to be both powerful and refined. We limit the extraction of tannin to keep the palate soft and approachable making it quite pleasant in its youth. The wide array of flavors match with foods that might overwhelm a simpler wine, but expect it to surprise you with versatility and pair with lighter meals just as well as hearty ones. The supple texture and balance in the wine should allow aging for up to five years.We also think it drinks extremely well now.
This wine follows in the footsteps of our very successful 1999 bottling from the Truchard vineyard,and if anything sets the standard for quality higher still. The 2000 vintage gave us ideal ripening conditions without waves of heat pushing sugars up faster than flavors in the grape could mature. The resulting wine displays rich dark cherry aromas accented with notes of violets and spice, supported by toast and faint smoke from the barrel. In the mouth the wine is beautifully integrated, with oak supporting rather than dominating,and fruit lingering well into the finish. With a combination of balance, suppleness, and concentrated fruit flavors, this wine should age gracefully for the next five years.