2009 Cartograph “Floodgate” Pinot Noir


2009 Cartograph “Floodgate” Pinot Noir

$40 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Launching Cartograph was truly a circuitous route for Alan Baker and Serena Lourie that crystalized in San Francisco when the two aspiring winemakers met at the former Crushpad incubator. In 2009 they collaborated on the launch of Cartograph in Healdsburg where they now focus on making wonderful pinot noir.

Alan chucked his life in Minnesota as a engineer for public radio, while Serena segued from nursing to a silicon valley high-tech company to a venture capital firm on the peninsula. Theirs is an amazing story of how two lives intersected and bonded through a common dream to make a life together in wine country.

Winery Tasting Notes:
“A perfect balance between the earthy and fruity elements exhibited by pinot noir grape. The color is light ruby and the first aromas out of the glass are cedar and mixed spices with a loamy character that evokes dried leaves. In the background are light cherry aromas and a hint of cola, which is often present in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. On the palate you sense bright cherry and strawberry. The tannins are surprisingly supple for such a young wine so we expect this to be a seductive wine with some time in bottle. That silkiness persists on the finish and the medium finish leans towards the earthy qualities of the wine. Ideal growing conditions of 2009 helped us pick fruit with good acid levels which helps stretch out the finish and positions this wine as a great accompaniment to white meats, fish and dishes with similarly earthy flavors.”

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