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Woodenhead has done it AGAIN! Our 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot is featured in the January 2014 issue of Food & Wine! The article "Understanding Pinot Noir from the Groud Up" (pg 64) offers insight from California wine legend Burt Williams and features our 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir as a "Regional Star" on the following page!


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Food & Wine Magazine - May 2008



Discover Wine Country TV did a great feature article on us.



We had a great write-up in The Bohemian Aug 29-Sep 4 2007 issue. James Knight did a great story on us.

"The wine? Absolutely frickin' brilliant... My notes actually read, 'Raspberry velvet love tongue?' ...I found myself jealously gripping my glass toward the end of the tasting."



In an interview on npr.com, on the show "Splendid Table", March 17th on Pinot Noir, Ray Isle (Senior Editor of Food and Wine Magazine) mentions Woodenhead as one of his three favorite Pinots. Read the show summary or listen to the full interview (Woodenhead is mentioned about 10 minutes into the show.)



The Colorado Wine News Volume 17 No. 1 (Apr-June 2007)

"The 2004 Zinfandel, Martinelli Road Vineyard, Old Vine, Russian River Valley, ... has ripe, forward aromas of blueberry, cherry, raspberry, cranberry and spice. All except the blueberry continue as tart flavors laced with fine tannin and finish medium-broad and meduim-long. A Zin' to pair with food."



Food & Wine Magazine - March 2007



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Restaurant Wine Magazine Issue #115 (Sept/Oct 2006)

  • 2004 BUENA TIERRA VYD., RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY ****
  • 2004 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY ****+
  • 2004 MORNING DEW RANCH, ANDERSON VALLEY ****+
  • 2004 WILEY VYD., ANDERSON VALLEY *****
"Four excellent, limited-release Pinot Noirs. Buena Tierra is very complex in character; a full bodied, lightly tannic wine, which has peppery, fruity flavors (cherry, blackberry), with oak overtones. Long aftertaste. 193 cases. The RRV bottling is velvety, full bodied, finely flavored (strawberry, cherry, toast, vanilla), and very persistent on the finish. 273 cases. The Anderson Valley Pinots are relatively powerful--Morning Dew is rich and full bodied, with intense plum and cherry fruitiness, and layers of oak complexity (toast, tobacco, roasted nut). Impressive. 166 cases. Wiley is concentrated and full bodied, with crisp acidity, and a very long finish, tasting of black cherry, toast, tobacco, red currant, and cherry. 305 cases. All 4 wines are unfined & unfiltered. [2007-2008]"


Food & Wine Magazine October 2006 issue lists us 10th in America's 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences:

[Captain's Tavern, Florida:] "With wines like California's cult-Zin Woodenhead on hand, this is not your average fish house. Owner Bill Bowers has assembled a well-priced 600-bottle list to accompany the kitch-filled dining room's Carribean-and-South American-inspired seafood."


Vinography has given top ratings on our 2004 Pinots!



FOOD & WINE Wine Guide 2006 rates us as "best of the best" of over 1400 wines. From the "star producers" section for California Pinot Noir:

2002 Woodenhead Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County (4 stars)
"The cool temperatures of California's great North give this cedary, smoky Pinot a diaphanous texture. Drink now - 12 years."


Our Pinots are Gold Medal winners!



Our wines have been featured in the November 2005 issue of Vinfolio. From Vinfolio:

"Woodenhead winemaker Nick Stez worked for 17 years at Williams Selyem before creating his own brand. Continuing to work wonders with Pinot Noir from old vine sources in the area, Stez also produces Zinfandel. Everything is very limited production.

 

2003 Woodenhead - Pinot Noir Buena Tierra Vineyard, Russian River Valley; Vinfolio rating: 93 points Buena Tierra is one of the oldest vineyards in Russian River at 26 years. Its fruit has gone into many great wines in the past, including Williams Selyem and the now defunct Seven Lions Winery.

The first intriguing quality about this wine is the nose; beautifully defined aromatics with shaved rose petal, cherry, vanilla and spicy pipe tobacco. Full-flavored cherry, wet stone, pie spice on the palate with finely formed acids. Very nice stuff--I tasted it over a period of 8 hours with consistent notes.

2002 Woodenhead - Pinot Noir Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley; Vinfolio rating: 94 points At the 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition this beautiful Pinot Noir took home the Double Gold Medal. This is probably the first and last time I will ever mention a wine winning a major wine competition. So now that we covered that...onto my tasting notes.

Wiley displays a beautiful nose of soft vanilla and cherry blossom, with an exotic spiciness. Very delicate on mouth entry, with a pretty sense of elegance. Higher acidity holds together beautifully.

2003 Woodenhead - Pinot Noir Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley; Vinfolio rating: 95 points From another old vine source, 23 year-old Wiley Vineyard is made up of Pommard and Romanee Conti clones. Rich nose of blue plum, black cherry and dates with essences of wild strawberry and spice. The flavors are robust--smoky tea, meaty dark cherry supported by well balanced tannins."




Awards

2006 California State Fair
Gold Medal, 2003 Martinelli Road Old Vine Zinfandel

2006 Savor Wine Magazine "North of the Gate" Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2003 Martinelli Road Old Vine Zinfandel

2006 SF International Wine Competiton
Gold Medal, 2003 Martinelli Road Old Vine Zinfandel

2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards
Gold Medal, 2003 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Gold Medal, 2003 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Bronze Medal, 2003 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

2005 SAVOR Wine Magazine "North of the Gate" Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Silver Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Bronze Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

2005 West Coast Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Silver Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Russian River Valley

2005 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards
Double Gold Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Gold Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Silver Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Bronze Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County

Gold Best of Class, 2002 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley
Silver Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Martinelli Road Vineyard, Old Vine, Russian River Valley

2004 California State Fair
Gold Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley

2004 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Silver Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley
Silver Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Martinelli Road Vineyard, Old Vine, Russian River Valley

2004 Orange County Fair
Bronze Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley
Bronze Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Pacini Vineyard, Mendocino County
Bronze Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Martinelli Road Vineyard, Old Vine, Russian River Valley
Bronze Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County

2004 Los Angeles County Fair
Silver Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County
Silver Medal, 2002 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Bronze Medal, 2002 Zinfandel, Martinelli Road Old Vine, Russian River Valley

2004 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards
Gold Medal, 2001 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County
Gold Medal, 2001 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley

2003 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Silver Medal, 2001 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley

2003 Los Angeles County Fair
Bronze Medal, 2001 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Wine Award Book 2003 Orange County Fair
Gold Medal, 2001 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley
Bronze Medal, 2001 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

2003 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards
Silver Medal, 2000 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County
Silver Medal, 2001 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Bronze Medal, 2000 Zinfandel, Braccialini Vineyards, Alexander Valley

2002 Orange County Fair
Silver Medal, 2000 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County

2002 Los Angeles County Fair
Silver Medal, 2000 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County

2002 San Francisco Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2000 Pinot Noir, Elk Prairie Vineyard, Humboldt County



Testimonials

Zina & Nick,

Below is what went into my wine inventory journal today! 9/09/04 ***** [2001 Elk Prairie Pinot Noir]
One of the best wines ever, top 5 of all time! Shared w ith Kevin and Kerry (RC just smelled it, but was tempted) for his Birthday at Equus. Fabulous nose that was so fragrant and rich that you could taste it! The Wood was rich and toasty, but the fruit was equally wonderful and luscious. Ripe rich berries of Raspberry and Cherries. The taste, Oh man, this was silk with a touch of honey. Luscious even comes a little short on this baby. Rich full delicate fruit and wood with hints of earth and other things. Lots goin' on and staying for a while. The finish is long and none too lean. I will hope to find more! This was a true beverage of the Gods and one of the most wonderful things I have ever experienced in my life! I thank you with all my heart and soul and hope my quest for more brings me more joy!

Sean


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