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Woodenhead Vintners Pinot Noir Humboldt County 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Loamy on the nose and full of sweet root vegetables, beet root, caramel and root beer aromas packed into the powerful earthy nose. On entry, this shows nice acid-driven yet very ripe raspberry fruit with a silky, supple texture backed up by plenty of spice, forest floor and incipient mushroom notes. The super fine tannins add plenty of texture here, making this is a little too rich to be silky, so call it cashmere. The long, elegant finish shows more of a slightly maraschino cherry tone, along with a touch of spice. This is quite complete with lovely texture and flavor profile. 91 points

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Winery: Woodenhead
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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 Vintners Pinot Noir Humboldt County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,166
4.50 5
04/10/2013

Loamy on the nose and full of sweet root vegetables, beet root, caramel and root beer aromas packed into the powerful earthy nose. On entry, this shows nice acid-driven yet very ripe raspberry fruit with a silky, supple texture backed up by plenty of spice, forest floor and incipient mushroom notes. The super fine tannins add plenty of texture here, making this is a little too rich to be silky, so call it cashmere. The long, elegant finish shows more of a slightly maraschino cherry tone, along with a touch of spice. This is quite complete with lovely texture and flavor profile. 91 points


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Snooth User: vsuttui07
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/19/2009

This wine started out okay, but was actually complex and opened up shortly after. This was a good wine, I enjoyed it more the longer I drank it, ha as the alcohol settles in this is true with all wines I guess. Could benefit from a half hour of air before drinking.



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