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Woodenhead Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Wiley Vineyard 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A hint of candied stem greets the nose along with a very floral aroma that is light and high-toned on the nose with a hint of medicinal licorice-based spice and ginseng. Soft, broad and supple in the mouth yet not lacking structure, there’s a biggish core of black cherry fruit with hint of strawberry and something vaguely recalling pineapple on the palate. The flavors are pronounced, if subtle and kind of seamless. The finish is zesty with the tannins offering a lovely driving edge to the long, slightly medicinal herb flavors layered over the candied strawberry fruit. 92 points

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Woodenhead:
Nikolai Stez is the Woodenhead winemaker. He has been at fermentation since he was a boy making the traditional Russian drink "kvas" (a fermented bread or fruit drink) that his immigrant parents taught him to make. In college, he made wines for his biology and botany classes, and started making home wines in earnest since 1986. Nick worked for 17 years of crush fun for the famous "two guys in a... Read more
Nikolai Stez is the Woodenhead winemaker. He has been at fermentation since he was a boy making the traditional Russian drink "kvas" (a fermented bread or fruit drink) that his immigrant parents taught him to make. In college, he made wines for his biology and botany classes, and started making home wines in earnest since 1986. Nick worked for 17 years of crush fun for the famous "two guys in a garage cult winery" that put Russian River Valley Pinot on the map. Working for Burt Williams as an assistant winemaker confirmed his life's passion for wine. Born in San Francisco and living on the Russian River since age one, he considers the North Coast his back yard and knows it well, from Sonoma County north to Humboldt and Del Norte. The coast range is his playground. Nick also works as a building contractor in Sonoma County. Zina Bower is the other part of the equation here, an escapee from L.A. and Nick's domestic partner. She was bitten by the wine bug in 1982 and has been intoxicated with passion for wine ever since. She started in the tasting room at Hop Kiln Winery, went to Williams-Selyem, then on to Vigil Vineyards in Calistoga and recently left her position as office manager of Diamond Creek Vineyards in Napa Valley. It's Zina's cheery voice you will hear on the phone when you call. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Woodenhead Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Wiley Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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04/10/2013

A hint of candied stem greets the nose along with a very floral aroma that is light and high-toned on the nose with a hint of medicinal licorice-based spice and ginseng. Soft, broad and supple in the mouth yet not lacking structure, there’s a biggish core of black cherry fruit with hint of strawberry and something vaguely recalling pineapple on the palate. The flavors are pronounced, if subtle and kind of seamless. The finish is zesty with the tannins offering a lovely driving edge to the long, slightly medicinal herb flavors layered over the candied strawberry fruit. 92 points


External Reviews for Woodenhead Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Wiley Vineyard

External Review
Vintage: 2003 04/10/2014

From another old vine source, 23 year-old Wiley Vineyard is made up of Pommard and Romanee Conti clones. Rich nose of blue plum, black cherry and dates with essences of wild strawberry and spice. The flavors are robust — smoky tea, meaty dark cherry supported by well balanced tannins.”


External Review
Vintage: 2003 04/10/2014

“Exotic scents of sandalwood-tinged black fruit and red currant are replicated on the palate of this plush, super smooth Pinot. Flavors of red raspberry and strawberry give the wine a kirsch-like viscosity with complex notes of sour cherry and pomegranate with a hint of green tea; medium tannins and excellent balance.” — Steve Pitcher


External Review
Vintage: 2003 08/04/2014

The winemaking at Woodenhead is pure and simple: if you will, Burgundian done California-style. Aromas show bright notes of red cherry and cranberry along with hints of spice. The flavors are full of juicy red fruits (think cranberry-pomegranate) along with notes of cola and nutmeg. It has nicely-balanced, crisp acidity, some light earthiness, and a long-lasting finish. Ready to drink now. Pair this wine with braised duck breast with Bing cherry sauce and mushroom risotto.



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