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Woodenhead Zinfandel Braccialini Vineyard Alexander Vineyards 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Fruity on the nose with a nice bramble top note, followed by spiced cherry, mineral and almost black currant fruit with a hint of raw beef to it. In the mouth this is very smooth and polished, a smooth, sexy wine that wraps around the palate. Some small tannins add a lovely touch of mouth grab and the acidity does a nice job supporting the blackberry fruit that gains a lively streak of wild strawberry fruit along with an edge of chewiness on the back end, and lingers on the palate with ripe dried strawberries and a very gentle touch of supporting wood. 92 points

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Winery: Woodenhead
Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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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 Zinfandel Braccialini Vineyard Alexander Vineyards

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
4.50 5
03/18/2013

Fruity on the nose with a nice bramble top note, followed by spiced cherry, mineral and almost black currant fruit with a hint of raw beef to it. In the mouth this is very smooth and polished, a smooth, sexy wine that wraps around the palate. Some small tannins add a lovely touch of mouth grab and the acidity does a nice job supporting the blackberry fruit that gains a lively streak of wild strawberry fruit along with an edge of chewiness on the back end, and lingers on the palate with ripe dried strawberries and a very gentle touch of supporting wood. 92 points



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