This wine bears testimony to importance of both vintage and site for pinot noir. Few will remember the 1995 Brosseau, with its deep spicy palate and firm structure, but suffice to say it had little in common with the elegant, fruit driven 1998 bottling. The 1999 is distinctive as well in ways that speak volumes about the synergy of soils and climate. The vintage began with a mild summer, but finished with a wave of heat that drove sugars up quickly, especially where the vines grow in lean, rocky soils as they do here at the base of the Pinnacles at Chalone. The result is a massive wine with very ripe flavors and a velvety palate that belie the underlying structure. Fifteen months in French oak added smoke notes, resulting in a unique and complex pinot noir. 98 cases produced
Nestled amid the redwoods high in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco is the David Bruce Winery. Success based on passion and devotion to wine for 37 years. Always pursue bold flavors and rich styles in selected small lots. Offers Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Pinot Noir.