The Red Dress Primitivo 2012

Review By Eric Tansey, CSW

The Red Dress Primitivo 2012 is dark red in color, almost purple. A very dark wine with a heavy stain. Long, thick tears that dawdle down the glass. Powerful aromas that remind me of a chocolate cover pretzel that you might dip into some wild berry jam. On the palate there are plenty of fruit characteristics to be identified. Red and black fruit with even a touch of blueberry. On the mid palate you get the oak, which is very pretzel-like but definitely a soft pretzel. The finish is where it gets fun. As you begin to swallow this wine you can really get the dill characteristic. Really, go grab the dill from your spice cabinet and give it a whiff to make sure you know which herbal aroma I am talking about. On the breath, the wine leaves you with a little crushed rose petal, which reminds me of Italy even though this is Sonoma. Very cool wine and worth trying, especially with the story below. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Review – 90 points

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Wine Selection –  The Red Dress

Producer – Bruce Patch  

Style –  Jammy and soft 

Varietals – 100% Primitivo (Zin)

Region – Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California 

Vineyard – Rose Vineyard off Adobe Road in Kenwood

Alcohol – 16.3%

Oak – 30 months in oak

Case Production – 115 Cases Produced

Food Pairing – Spaghetti and meatballs, venison, pork

TR LOGO FINAL copy                                          What is Zin? 

Zinfandel (or “Zin”) is known as Primitivo in Italy. It is a descendant of the Croatian grape, Crljenak. Zin came to the US in the early 1800s and made its notable bottle debut at the California State Fair in 1858. It is now considered to be America’s grape varietal. Taste characteristics from Zins typically include big, dark red and black fruits, dry cocoa and vanilla, with oak nuances. These wines are often full bodied, rich, and high in alcohol content, with low acidity and low tannin. They pair very well with wet BBQ, pizza, and burgers or simply all by themselves. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1

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. He 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