Equavinity Pinot Noir by Bruce Patch
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier
The Equavinity Pinot Noir is ruby red color with a medium stain. Powerful aromas of strawberry rhubarb pie, raspberry custard, a touch of vanilla and a little caramel, too.
On the palate, the Equavinity Pinot Noir has a medium to full body mouth feel and really at first taste, this wine screams primitivo or zinfandel. I will be honest, blindly I marked this wine as a zin and when I saw that it was a pinot it all made a little more sense.
Big strawberry and raspberry invade the palate. The mid-palate is full of what I call “comfort characteristics.” These are like comfort foods, but in wine form. So imagine a spoon full of strawberry pie with a thick crust, mixed into slightly melted vanilla ice cream. The pie is still slightly warm and the ice cream brings a subtle chill to the pie as it slides down your throat. For real, that is the sensation that this wine brought me to.
This pinot noir has medium acidity, which is perfect here. This wine is almost in the same class as Meomi or Cherry Tart, however the acidity is what separates it from those big oak monster/extracted fruit-driven styles of wines. The higher acidity in the Equavinity mellows out the fruit just enough to keep the wine from being “over the top”.
Absolutely warming and inviting wine that brought all around joy. From the look of the label, to the story behind the wine, and of course the taste itself, this wine is always welcome at my table.
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 91 Points
The Break Down
Wine Selection – Take Five
Producer – Bruce Patch
Style – Pinot Noir, medium body, red wine.
Varietals – 100% Dijon Clones pinot noir 114, 115, 667, 828. Harvested in the early morning in a cold state and crushed quickly to maintain the unique nuances of pinot noir. Harvested 9/1/14 thru 9/7/14. Ripeness levels were in the ideal range of 23 to 25 Degrees Brix when picked
Region – Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
Alcohol – 14.5%
Oak – Aged 14 months in 100% French oak.
Case Production – 100 Cases Produced
Food Pairing – Stuffed flounder, chicken, turkey, pork, mild hard cheeses, chocolate raspberry tart
The story behind the wine.
Bruce Patch found wine through a series of life events, rather than just being born into it. This is typical for many winemakers in the New World and that is perhaps why I love wine so much. There are just so many intriguing stories behind all the different wineries, and this one is no different.
Bruce Patch was a long time player in the music industry (sounds like Charles Smith!). He helped discover “The Cars,” the band behind the song “You’re Just What I Needed”. He also produced and composed several Doo Wop tracks and albums.
Bruce Patch is originally from Boston, but of course found his place out west like so many other winemakers. I think this is a big part of the wine life. Some of the biggest players in the industry, Jason Woodbridge, Reynolds Family, Charles Smith, etc… came from very ordinary walks of life and found their way into the novel, vast, and mysterious world of wine. I cannot think of another product that attracts this kind of culture.
Bruce Patch took his producing skills and marketing skills to start his own wine distribution company, which focused on smaller, independent boutique wineries in Sonoma. He then took that experience and all that he learned from it and began to dabble as a negociant. (This is a French concept where basically leftover juice from a variety of sources is purchased and blended together to create good wine.)
Working as a negociant brought him to where he is today, buying grapes from amazing vineyards and producing high quality and very affordable wines from those grapes. These wines are truly boutique level, made in small quantities, and when you find them at your local wine shop you really must give them a try! They might be just what you needed…Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1
From the Winery
Only 100 cases produced. Sonoma Coast AVA is known for it cool nights and warm to hot days, this is expressed in the wines bright acidity, elegant silky and soft style of pinot noir. http://www.brucepatch.com/product/2014-Sonoma-Coast-Pinot-Noir?pageID=47D59AA1-C3EB-4AD3-244B-45EF3DB5BCF2&sortBy=DisplayOrder&maxRows=10&