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Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot Noir, "Wet Kiss", Russian River Valley

2012 Pinot Noir, "Wet Kiss", Russian River Valley

Tasting notes coming soon!


450 cases produced

$52.00

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2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley    New!

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

$45.00

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2011 Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

2011 Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

With a clear and briliant garnet color, this wine woos you with its looks and continues to entice with aromas of strawberry, cherry, white pepper, and earthy minerality. Visit the nose on this one for a while and enjoy its rich scents. When you're ready to taste, note the bright acidity of spicy red plum and conifer, balanced with soft vanilla and cherry and just a hint of star anise.

This elegant and easy Pinot is perfect for parties, pairing wonderfully with salmon or a turkey stuffed with sage dressing. Feel free to store this luscious wine away for a special occaion too. It deserves a celebration!

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


150 cases produced

$46.00

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2012 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115, RRV

2012 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115, RRV

The BEST PINOT NOIR in the Best of California Wine Region from the California State Fair.

98 points for our 2012 Pinot Noir Buena Tierra Vineyard, E Block, Clone 115, in the Russian River Valley.

Double Gold at the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition!

Double Gold at the California State Fair Wine Competition!

Double Gold at The Fifty Best Wine Competition!


149 cases produced

$75.00

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2011 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, Cinder Cone

2011 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, Cinder Cone

Vibrant deep ruby in color, elegant, rich and seductive on the nose, the smell of a river evening aura encapsulated, complex. Dark cherries and violets. Rich and spicy on the palate, lots of depth and vigor, with earth and minerality. Savory. Tannin structure beneath speaks of good cellaring to come, finishes long and strong. What I call a California Grand Cru, a connoisseur’s wine. Lovely. Drink one now and put the rest down for a while. Serve with something with either huckleberries or morels, or tuna tartar, mmmm good.

Double Gold at the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair!

90 points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015. Winner of a Silver Medal from New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.


141 cases produced

$65.00

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Zinfandel

2013 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

2013 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge    New!

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!

Begins with aromas of red plum. Nice acidity. Notes of red currant and cherry with a medium finish.

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

$36.00

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2012 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

2012 Zinfandel, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

Very deep red in color with aromas of licorice, bramble, toasty oak and dark black cherry, rich and heady, wild! Full-bodied, mouth-filling, juicy and satisfying with a good weight, and great fruit to tannin balance. Muscular, but well proportioned, showing perhaps it's mountain orgin. A bit brooding. Dark fruit and Douglas Fir on the palete. Big and powerful but not over the top. It will be interestingto see how this develops with age, but for now, if you like them big, this is your baby. Enjoy!

Bronze Medal winner at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
Silver Medal winner at the 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition!


150 cases produced

$46.00

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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

Qty

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