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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 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 Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Colombard

    History of the grape: Colombard is believed to be a crossing of Gouais Blanc and Chenin Blanc, although horticultural...

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  • Oh, tons of it goes into bulk whites.  But, yeah, some is going into ... ... brandy and sparkling.  Woodenhead makes one openly.  Sorry that's the K&L site, but I also found it on Woodenhead's site--for some reason that link doesn't want to be copied.&nbs Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Woodenhead Zinfandel Mendocino County Guido Venturi Vineyard 2009


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Here's the official lineup'11 Bedrock Casa Santinamaria'10 Bedrock ... ... Coast Pinot Noir'07 Woodenhead Martinelli Rd Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel  &nbs Read More

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  •  Wow, we had a great time last night. Hopefully Foxall will have a chance to put his spin on things. I didn't take any notes, just 2 pictures but I lined up some of the dead soldiers this morning. 15 people, over 30 different wines and not a single dud except for a sweet/syrupy/candied 2001 Rosenblum Monte Rosso Zinfandel. But enough for the bad... Read More

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  • Woodenhead Pinot Noir Wet Kiss Russian River Valley 2010


    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 theres significant acidity supporting the slight earthy, slightly tree bark-edged cranberry fruit. That fruit is nice... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Woodenhead Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Wiley Vineyard 2009


    A hint of candied stem greets the nose along with a very floral aroma that is light and high-toned on the nose with a hint of medicinal licorice-based spice and ginseng. Soft, broad and supple in the mouth yet not lacking structure, theres a biggish core of black cherry fruit with hint of strawberry and something vaguely recalling pineapple on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Woodenhead Vintners Pinot Noir Humboldt County 2008


    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 h... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Woodenhead Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008


    A little high-toned, with floral edges to the dusty sweet red fruit that shows a hint of tariness on the nose along with a streak of obvious but unobtrusive French Oak, which is more spicy than toasty. This is a touch soft on entry, with easy red fruit and vanilla ice cream flavors that pick up a nice hint of forest floor and a touch of minerali... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zinfandel, it’s no secret that I’ve carried on a long and intimate ... three. 92 points 2009 Woodenhead Zinfandel Braccialini Vineyard Alexander Valley 15.3% $34 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 ... Read More

    From the article California Zinfandel: A Lesson in Vintage and Regional Success

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