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Pinot Noir

2013 Pinot Noir, "Wet Kiss" Russian River Valley

2013 Pinot Noir, "Wet Kiss" Russian River Valley    New!

Mellow, medium-light ruby in color. Snuggly full and round, the nose belies its color. Aromas of warm and toasty baking spices, strawberries, cherries, and brown sugar are evident. Flavors of cherry cola on entry and a mouthwatering juiciness. Black raspberry and tea evolve in the glass as you drink. Pomegranate and cranberry combine with just enough earthy mid palate silkiness to flesh it out, and high-tone red fruits linger on the finish.

 

Pinot lovers will find this wine hard to resist now and again later as it gains weight and complexity with time. A favorite of Nikolai's, this Pinot is made up of 66.6% old vine Martini clone fruit (35+ years) from the Ritchie Vineyard, and 33.3% from a younger planting of 10+ year Swan clone from the River South Vineyard. Salmon lovers, pair this with your favorite recipe.


311 cases produced

$52.00

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2012 Pinot Noir, Humboldt County

2012 Pinot Noir, Humboldt County    New!

Our next-to-last vintage of the Humboldt County Pinot Noir, this is a blend of clones 115, 667, 777, and Martini from the precious Fruitland Ridge Vineyard owned, at that time, by Dennis and Becky Kreutel. Dennis, a wonderful, straight-up man and a great farmer, kept the vineyard in tip-top shape. It was a beauty to behold.

This wine is bright dark ruby in color and has aromas of warm oriental spice, lush black raspberry, pomegrantae, forest-floor, and underbrush. Nicely perfumed, this Pinot is pure delight and an ode to its origin and different profile. You'll notice red cherry and raspberry flavors here, with notes of earth bearing significant structure, and a rocky mineral and chalky backbone. Moderate tannins are present with black fruits predominating mid palate. Enjoy the rustic elegance of this wine now or cellar. We recommend pairing it with wild fowl or lamb.


318 cases produced

$46.00

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2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This wine begins with red cherry, wet stone, and fresh earthy notes reminiscent of the Russian River redwoods. With medium tannins, lightly toasted oak and a long silky finish, this wine would nicely complement a rich dish of beef, sausage, or grilled mushrooms. In fact, a grilling evening could be perfect for this Pinot Noir, but do step away from the BBQ at some point to fully appreciate the character of this superb, unfiltered Pinot.

Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

Silver Medal at the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair!


538 cases produced

$46.00

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Zinfandel

2013 Zinfandel, Bertoli Vineyard, Leras Ranches, RRV

2013 Zinfandel, Bertoli Vineyard, Leras Ranches, RRV    New!

Medium ruby in color, this Bertoli Zinfandel offers creamy, deep black licorice, black pepper, and briar thicket aromas with undertones of cinnamon and clove. There's an evolved, aromatic complexity here, to say the least.

Big juicy flavors of boysenberries abound, with some earth components of mushroom and a hint of licorice, black tea, and pepper. Fine tannins here and spicy plums too. This is truly an old vine Russian River Vineyards Zinfandel from a vineyard that's 75+ years old, head trained, and dry farmed. For a food pairing, we're thinking pizza in your outdoor oven, if you're lucky enough to have one, or perhaps brisket or burgers on the grill. Goat cheese or gorgonzola would be nice too.


150 cases produced

$36.00

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2013 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

2013 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

Strikingly dark in color with aromas of blackberry jam, fresh ground pepper and Spanish cedar, let this Zin linger on the nose awhile. Then sip slowly, delighting in the way its succulent flavor fills the mouth. A robust and well-balanced wine, you may notice hints of sage and fir here.

At 2600 feet, Mariah Vineyard is at the top of the Mendocino Ridge AVA, known for its steep slopes, often perched above thick fog. Italian immigrants first cultivated this ridge in the 1880's and, come to think of it, Italian food would pair admirably with this wine. Bring on the garlic; you'll have no trouble here!

 

Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Mendocino County Fair!

Silver Medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!


228 cases produced

$42.00

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2012 Zinfandel, Guido Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County

2012 Zinfandel, Guido Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County    New!

A beautiful deep-medium ruby color, this Guido Venturi Zinfandel presents with aromas of mulling spices and a hint of dark, ripe figs, dark cherry juice, and blackberry thicket. There's a wildness to it!

Flavors of cherry, fig, and plum do not disappoint, backed by briar medium tannins with a full and commanding mid palate. This wine finishes with licorice root. Its dark, deep, complex, well-integrated and velvty texture is absolutely delicious. This is a true Zin classic, and, in Nikolai's opinion, "the best Guido I've made." Pair it now with cantaloupe, Gnocchi di Patate, pesto pizza, or a variety of other Italina-style dishes. It will evolve and cellar well.

Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition!

Silver Medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!


255 cases produced

$38.00

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2008 Zinfandel, Martinelli Road Vineyard Old Vine, Russian River

2008 Zinfandel, Martinelli Road Vineyard Old Vine, Russian River

The 2008 vintage of Martinelli Road Zinfandel marks our last production of this unique and venerable wine.  The vintage is produced from 128-year old vines, planted in 1880!  Although this wine is not technically from “Jackass Hill,” nor “Jackass Vineyard”, which is the lower portion of the vineyard, (these terms are held in strict copyright by the Martinelli family) , it is essentially the same fruit.  There is a fence, however, separating the two vineyards as each is owned by different members of the Martinelli clan.  Cared for by both Leno and Joe Martinelli, and later by Andy Duckhorn, it is one of the gems of Sonoma County.

The age ability of this wine is historically significant and should age easily 10-15 years.  My tenure at Williams-Selyem (the original producer of “Jackass Hill” Vineyard) was my introduction to this fine wine.  Last year, at our Woodenhead end of harvest party, I had occasion to open a 1981 Hacienda Del Rio (the former name of Williams-selyem) Jackass Hill Zinfandel from my personal collection.  Burt Williams was present to partake in the festivities and I decided to open something special.  The hour was late, and there had been a lot of wine consumed, but for the revelers that stayed, it was a “WOW” experience.  It just blew us all away that a 31-year old Zin was as youthful and exuberant as it gets.  It certainly was a moment for all to remember.  I can’t promise you all that this wine will approach that kind of experience, but it is cut from the same cloth, so to speak!

Deep purple in color with violet edging.  Open nose of dark black fruit and berries, bark, briar, earth and spice, i.e. clove and cinnamon.  Effusive, woody, not too ripe.  Cedar cigar box notes.  Mouth filling, big, luscious with medium forward tannins.  Similar to huckleberries.  Dusty chocolate and black cherry (kind of like Black Forest Cake!), black licorice and earth.  A wine that drinks well now but I believe is still young and will develop further.  One for now and one for the road as they say.  A long road it may be as the 2008 Martinelli Zin takes a bow and bids us here at woodenhead adieu!

Silver Medal at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!


465 cases produced

$45.00

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Other Wines

2013 Syrah, Russian River Valley

2013 Syrah, Russian River Valley

Dark purple in color with aromas of black fruit and dried plums with a earth and mushroom component. A blast on the palette of boysenberries, huckleberries, and plums followed by a dark and toasty oak which rounds out this big wine.  Mouth filling and massive with plenty of grip.

 

Silver medal winner at the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair!


75 cases produced

$40.00

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2013 Charbono, Mendocino County

2013 Charbono, Mendocino County    New!

This wine brings all you could want in the way of color, aroma and taste. From its dark purple core and aromas of sweet plum, cocoa and spice, to flavors of dark chocolate mousse and pomegranate, this Charbono shows finesse. Long and lean with moderate acidity, this wine would make a perfect gift for your favorite wine nerd who has likely never sampled it. Given the fact that there are so few Charbono growers, few have.
 
According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s 2014 grape acreage report, only 89 acres in the state produce Charbono. We consider ourselves lucky to have an excellent source in Guido Venturi’s Mendocino Vineyard. Though extremely scarce, we’re certain if more people knew about this friendly red, supply would grow to meet demand. We suggest pairing your Charbono with a nice chicken parmesan or turkey dinner. It drinks beautifully now but will also cellar spectacularly.
Bronze Medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!


130 cases produced

$36.00

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2010 Methode Champenoise Sparkling Wine, Russian River Valley

2010 Methode Champenoise Sparkling Wine, Russian River Valley

With a color of glistening straw and warm aromas of brioche and lemon biscuit, this sparkling wine draws you in. When served cold, it offers flavors of green apple and lemon zest. Its clean lingering finish with hints of apple and mineral expressions is utterly refreshing. Let it warm slightly in your glass and her personality opens up, releasing scents of bread and acacia.

This sparkling wine can dress up or go casual. With an affinity for caviar and oysters, the nice acidity here cuts beautifully through a creamy brie or California roll with luscious avocado. If it's a movie and popcorn kind of evening, this sparkler brings the perfect dry accompaniment to your splurge. And it it's time to celebrate, this Naturale will help kick the party off in style!

Silver Medal winner at the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair!

Bronze Medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!


342 cases produced

$42.00

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2014 French Colombard, Wes Cameron Ranch, Russian River Valley

2014 French Colombard, Wes Cameron Ranch, Russian River Valley

Medium gold in color, you'll first notice aromas of grass, honeysuckle, delicate green apple, and lemon meringue pie. Like a golden Sonoma County field, you're invited in to enjoy all it has to offer. It's crisp and refreshing, with a clean finish that makes it perfect for a hot day, or a nice easy conversation with friends. Take this wine on your next bicycling or fishing trip or pair it with some lovely oysters from Tomales Bay!

At its height of popularity from 1960 to 1980, French Colombard is currently produced by only a handful of Sonoma County wineries. We're okay with that.


450 cases produced

$22.00

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All tasting notes subject to change!


A note on my notes, I write these descriptors at the time of release, when you taste these wines, you'll probably taste other things as these wines continue to change and evolve. Hold these notes only as far as you can throw them, the wine plays by its own rules. Everything is released unfined and unfiltered. Sediment does accumulate with age. Stand up these bottles a day before opening, if you can. Enjoy the power, the beauty and the elegance of these wines as I do.


Cheers, Nikolai