Okay, there is no wine that goes by the specific name of Bruce Scotland wine, but there is a Bruce Scotland and he is in the wine business.
About Bruce Scotland
Bruce Scotland's path to the wine industry wasn't a direct one. No, it was a long, winding and sometimes a bit convoluted path. Let's begin.
Bruce Scotland: Culinary Artist
Scotland attended the highly prestigious culinary arts academy Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Scotland graduated with the academy's highest honor, The Grand Diplome. In order to receive the Grand Diplome, students must successfully master the three levels of the Cuisine and Pattisserie disciplines.
After graduation, Scotland bounced around the finest California restaurants like L'Hermitage, a Los Angeles restaurant specializing in French cuisine. Eventually, Bruce Scotland landed in Napa Valley.
A Passion for Wine
Living in France, one can help but develop a passion for fine wine to go along with the fine cuisine right? Scotland was no exception. He took a job at a local wine shop in Napa Valley and began attending every wine education class that piqued his interest at the University of California at Davis. After satisfying his craving for wine knowledge, Scotland left his job at the local wine shop to take one at Acacia Winery. Eventually, Scotland left Acacia to take a job with St. Helena Wine Merchants with dreams of starting his own wine business - which he did, naming it Highlands Wine Company (clever right? Scotland-Highlands). The focus of his newly-founded company was that of specializing in small production and extraordinary wines. During this time period, Scotland developed a friendship with California vintner, Randy Dunn.
Who Hasn't Heard of Randy Dunn?
Don't feel bad if you haven't, he is just one of the world's most respected and esteemed vintners. Dunn's reputation gained steam when he worked with Caymus Vineyards in the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s. His Caymus Cab astounded the wine community and it became the barometer for all good California Cabs, to which very few measured up.
Dunn eventually broke off on his own, founding Dunn Vineyards, a small winery that bottles a very limited amount of wine each year. His two wines, Howell Mountain and Napa Valley are highly allocated wines. How highly allocated you ask?
There are only 35 distributors in the entire country that sell Dunn wines. The bottles can be found a few wine merchants and, if you want to buy a case from the winery, you can if you're on the mailing list. Dunn Vineyards sell their wines to the general public once a year to those on the mailing list. If you want to be a part of this mailing list, be patient, there's a wait list.
The Dunn/Scotland Connection
Out of this friendship with Randy Dunn and his continue passion for wine, Bruce Scotland wine was born. Well, Cabernet to be specific. Scotland brokered a deal with Dunn for the right to purchase 15 tons of grapes from one of the main grape growers Dunn used to produce his highly esteemed Howell Mountain Cabernet.
Bruce Scotland Wine
Okay, again, you won't find a wine bearing the name "Bruce Scotland Wine" on the label, but Scotland, along with a few partners, started up L'Ecosse Winery in Napa Valley. Here are a few of the labels L'Ecosse offers:
- Hommage de Jeanne d'Arc Cabernet Franc
- Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc
- Atlas Pinot Noir
- Napa Valley Dolcetto
- La Rougette Cabernet Franc
As it turns out, Bruce Scotland isn't all talk and no substance when it comes to his wines. Many of them have been rated in the high nineties by ruler of the wine world (okay, not really, but sometimes it sure does seem like it), master of the fermented grape, Robert Parker. Honestly, sometimes it seems like a good review from Mr. Parker can mean the birth, or rebirth of a wine or the death knell of a wine. As always, don't trust your wine choices to someone else's taste buds, buy a bottle and decide for yourself.