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2007 Pinot Noir Woodenhead Buena Tierra Vineyard Russian River Valley

Woodenhead is a Russian River Valley winery that mostly makes Pinot Noir, though they also release a few Zinfandel wines. Woodenhead says that their winemaking is “Burgundian done California style.” It might be more accurate to say that they try to work toward a Burgundian style with California fruit. That’s the impression I get from the wine anyway.

I’m not saying that the wine tastes like Burgundy. And of course there’s dramatic variation among Burgundian wines. However, if one can generalize to say that Burgundian Pinot Noir does not favor ripeness of fruit over complexity, richness over delicacy or power more than prettiness, then the wine under review here is a kindred spirit.

Woodenhead’s 2007 Buena Tierra Vineyard Pinot Noir is a less saturated ruby color than the majority of Pinot Noir wines I've seen recently. It’s nose is nuanced with raspberry and dried cherry fruit but also aromas of dry leaves, dried herb, and gentle spice. Medium plus acidity, body just over medium and alcohol under 14% also suggest that the grapes were not left too long on the vines. Flavors of cherry, vanilla and raspberry lead into a long finish with balanced fruit and acidity.

The wine has sufficient intensity to hold up to stuffed, seared quail, but is also light enough to go well with sea bass. Drink now through 2016. Highly Recommended.

2007 Pinot Noir Woodenhead Buena Tierra Vineyard. Russian River Valley
Rating: Highly Recommended
Drink: Now through 2016
Retail Price: $60
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 19 months in French oak, 1/3 new, 1/3 second use, 1/3 third use
Alcohol: 13.9%
Closure: Cork

This wine was provided by the winery for review.

This wine was tasted at KL Wines. I paid for the samples.

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