"THE WORLD’S BEST WINE SHOPS"!
"We were honored to have been the ONLY wine shop in Los Angeles named as one of ‘The World’s Best Wine Shops’ in Ray Isle’s recent Food & WineMagazine article, that specifically mentioned the 2012 Woodenhead Russian River Valley Pinot Noir as part of our ‘small-production California offerings.’ Shortly after the article was published, I called up the winery and managed to secure the last 60 cases of this supple, earthy, ‘Burgundian’ wine. On top of all that, we’re offering it to you at the lowest price in the country! Don’t snooze on the last chance to purchase this wine!"
– Glen Knight, The Wine House (5/2/17)
FROM THE WINERY
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 thecharacter of this superb, unfiltered Pinot.
Silver Medal at the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair!
The winemaking at Woodenhead is pure and simple or, if you will, Burgundian done California-style. Our wine is handcrafted from a hard labor of love in tune to thenatural rhythm of the land, the water, the air, and the seasons. No mechanical pumping is employed. Inoculated yeast and malolactic cultures, hand punching, basket pressing, French oak, and California fruit is what you get. Small and unique lots are our goal, ultra premium wine is the result.
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 cultwinery" 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.