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David Bruce

21439 Bear Creek Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033

Tasting:   Open daily 12 to 5pm
Tasting is complimentary, Groups of 10 or more will be charged $10 per Taster, which is refundable with Purchase
Case disocunts up to 20%
  Tours by Appointment
Price Range:   $20 to $55 per bottle
Established:   1964
Vineyards:   25 acres
  60,000 cases
Winery Dog:   Harry Potter (Cocker Spaniel)

David Bruce Description

Deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains are redwood groves, distant ocean views, the occasional mountain vineyard, and the home for over 40 years of Dr. David Bruce’s innovative and pioneering winery.

David Bruce’s Estate Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation is at 2,200 feet. With a cool southwesterly exposure, it overlooks the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The winery’s flagship wine is clearly Pinot Noir - at last count they had 14 Pinot Noirs available from the last three vintages. They also produce Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Wines are produced from the winery's 25-acre mountain estate vineyard, as well as from fruit sourced from more than 20 growers in northern and central California.

His skill in working with California grapes and different winemaking techniques allowed Dr. Bruce to be one of the first winemakers since Prohibition to produce a "Blanc de Noir," a white wine from red zinfandel grapes, and to introduce "late harvest" wines. He was also one of the first winemakers to put white wines through a secondary, malolactic fermentation. A California pioneer in the use of whole-berry fermentation in making red wines, he was also one of the first California winemakers to import French oak barrels.

The gray-sided, red-roofed winery clings to the side of the hillside above Bear Creek Road. Behind the winery you can spot part of the vineyard peeking out through the forest. The large comfortable tasting room is currently undergoing a makeover, adding stone countertops, new floors, a clothing boutique and a limited gift shop. There are picnic tables on the lower part of the property.

David Bruce Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Picnic Sites
Event Space
Gift Shop
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Always a nice free tasting of Pinot Noirs
grillgod, Milpitas
Very friendly staff, free tastings that always include several Pinot Noirs. Usually some great deals on closeout wines available.

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Saturday day trip
petermoh, San Jose
I arrived at the same time as a party bus arrived. The staff recognized the fact that I was independent of the large group and hosted me to a private tasting with the sales manager. Her passion in describing the wines was incredible. An excellent stop, free tasting and wines well priced for the quality. I have paid a lot more for wines half as good

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Good Wine
Eagle12, Schaumburg
Stopped in the winery on our drive down the coast, the ride to the winery is an adventure. Once there the tasting room is comfortable and clean. The staff was friendly and answered all our questions. The wine was well made and we enjoyed the Pinots, I was disappointed that the Petit Sirah was not available for tasting. There is a large selection for purchase and we bought 3 bottles. Cabernet, Pinot and Petit Sirah. My wife enjoyed what in her opinion was one of the best Pinot's she has tasted. Some of the wines are a bit pricey but worth it.

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Indulge in the White
Dylan, Ventura
I am drawn to a delicately crafted red wines. I was impressed by the excellence of Dr. Bruce's blends. I found myself to favor the Petite Syrah and left that evening with a bottle, or two. It had a brilliant texture that I came to love after each taste.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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