Inspired by the book, Wines of France by Alexis Lichine, and transformed by a bottle of 1954 Richebourge, Dr. David Bruce experienced a defining moment in his life with a vision to make the World’s Greatest Pinot Noir! A true pioneer, he established David Bruce Winery in the remote Santa Cruz Mountains in the early 1960s and was one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in California.
Dermatologist by day, winemaker by night, Dr. Bruce’s combination of scientific curiosity and passion led to legendary evolution within the industry as well as the quality of David Bruce wines. He was one of the first California winemakers to put white wines through secondary malolactic fermentation and use of whole-berry fermentation for red wines. He was also among the first to import French oak barrels and an early advocate for foot crushing of the cap, use of rotary presses, extensive skin contact and small-barrel fermentation.