Woodenhead Pinot Noir Wet Kiss Russian River Valley 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A little smoky and rich, with dried cherry aromas topped with lightly spicy rhubarb top notes. This is crystal clear on the palate, though with a hint of toasty sweetness that lends this a bit of softness in the mouth even though there’s significant acidity supporting the slight earthy, slightly tree bark-edged cranberry fruit. That fruit is nicely fresh and awfully pretty, framed with nuanced oak. Though it does lack a touch of depth and complexity air does bring out attractive inner mouth perfumes. The acid, along with a touch of sweet tannin, does show up on the moderately long finish with has a sweet, toasty almond edge to it. 89 points

Add winemaker's notes

Vintages

  • 2010

+ Vintage
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
3.73 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
Woodenhead Vintners:
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 Wet Kiss Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,798
4.00 5
04/10/2013

A little smoky and rich, with dried cherry aromas topped with lightly spicy rhubarb top notes. This is crystal clear on the palate, though with a hint of toasty sweetness that lends this a bit of softness in the mouth even though there’s significant acidity supporting the slight earthy, slightly tree bark-edged cranberry fruit. That fruit is nicely fresh and awfully pretty, framed with nuanced oak. Though it does lack a touch of depth and complexity air does bring out attractive inner mouth perfumes. The acid, along with a touch of sweet tannin, does show up on the moderately long finish with has a sweet, toasty almond edge to it. 89 points




Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Pinot Noir Top Lists








Snooth Media Network