Woodenhead Zinfandel Mendocino County Guido Venturi Vineyard 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Macerated strawberries are layered over dusty slate, white pepper and rose on the nose. In the mouth, this is smooth and polished, with a lovely flavor profile that features very ripe dark macerated black cherry and plum fruit but remains fresh and transparent. There’s a touch of tannin on the palate finish, which is short and light with a hint of alcoholic warmth. 90 points

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Varietal: Zinfandel
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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
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Editorial Reviews for Woodenhead Zinfandel Mendocino County Guido Venturi Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,138
4.00 5
03/20/2013

Macerated strawberries are layered over dusty slate, white pepper and rose on the nose. In the mouth, this is smooth and polished, with a lovely flavor profile that features very ripe dark macerated black cherry and plum fruit but remains fresh and transparent. There’s a touch of tannin on the palate finish, which is short and light with a hint of alcoholic warmth. 90 points


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Snooth User: MrRiesling
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3.00 5
03/15/2014

Three glasses


Snooth User: grzywacz
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4.50 5
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