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Woodenhead Zinfandel Martinelli Road Vineyard Old Vine Russian River Valley 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Intense, almost candied aromas of toasty oak, sandlewood, a little white pepper, and dried cranberry rise from the glass. This is surprisingly light on the palate, full of deep red berry fruit; the alcohol is obvious, if not particularly intrusive, though it does become more bothersome on the finish. There’s lots of candied cherry and strawberry candy on the palate, with some nice bramble notes and candied black berry emerging with air. The finish is a bit shortened from the alcohol. 88 points

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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 Martinelli Road Vineyard Old Vine Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065230,702
3.50 5
03/20/2013

Intense, almost candied aromas of toasty oak, sandlewood, a little white pepper, and dried cranberry rise from the glass. This is surprisingly light on the palate, full of deep red berry fruit; the alcohol is obvious, if not particularly intrusive, though it does become more bothersome on the finish. There’s lots of candied cherry and strawberry candy on the palate, with some nice bramble notes and candied black berry emerging with air. The finish is a bit shortened from the alcohol. 88 points


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Snooth User: Acesfull711
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 04/23/2008

A California Cult Classic Zin. This wine has a dramatic effect on you the first time you sip it. Silky smooth and bursting with fruit.



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