This fruit comes to us from our old friend David Coffaro in the Dry Creek Valley. It’s Merlot based with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. About 14 months in French and American oak.
This is our first ‘Equanimity’ on Bruce Patch Wines. Those of you that go back a ways with us might remember an ‘Equanimity’ on our previous label. We hope you like it!
About the David Coffaro Vineyard… David and Pat purchased the property in 1979 when Dry Creek Valley was a virtually unknown grape region. Dave has been working the vineyard since then, and he thinks this spot is special. We get more extreme temperatures than most of the valley with lower lows and higher highs. This allows the grapes to rest at night and develop during the day which helps retain acids. Our soil is loose and rocky with good drainage, a key to healthy vines. This combination results in wine characterized by lively acids and intense fruit.
Our 20 acre vineyard is divided into 7 blocks. More than half of our vines were planted in the late 1800s and are primarily Zinfandel, Carignan, and Petite Sirah. In recent years, Dave has experimented by planting some lesser-known varieties that do well in our area including Lagrein, Souzao and Dave's personal favorite, Aglianico.
We source our popular field blend, Block 4, by harvesting all grapes in the 4th block together. Some vines are overripe and some underripe, resulting in the perfect balance.
Our Bordeaux-style blend, Aca Modot, is named from an ancient Pomo Indian village that was once located on a slight knoll in Block 5. This well-drained soil is still black from the campfires and produces some of the most vibrant fruit in our vines.