Feb 092015
Cartograph Pinot Noir Mariah Vineyard 2012, Mendocino Ridge, CA $48 – Rating 91

Cartograph Pinot Noir Mariah Vineyard 2012A full-bodied Pinot Noir that once again shows that Mendocino is definitely Pinot country. Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, stewed plums with hints of chocolate and smoke. Supple tannins and balanced acidity enhance black cherry, plum, dark spice and cacao flavors, with just just a touch of cola on the palate. Earthy dark chocolate in the very long finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 122014

Cartograph wines

Cartograph’s Alan Baker and Serena Lourie

Alan’s story is featured in the new film         An American Wine Story…Check it out!

Winemaker interview with Alan Baker of Cartograph Wines – We at Bacchus and Beery, are always on the lookout for stories of people who left successful careers (not millionaire investors) to start over in the wine industry. When asking around northern Sonoma, the name Alan Baker of Cartograph Wines came up over and over again. Alan walked away from career in Public Broadcasting with few prospects, a little wine knowledge and a lot of wine passion. We have now had the pleasure of getting to know Alan and his partner (in life and wine), Serena Lourie . Together they have recently opened a lovely new tasting room right off the square in Healdsburg. Being hands-on owners and winemakers, you are more likely than not, to be greeted by Alan, Serena or both, when you stop by for a visit and a glass of wine.

B&B Wine Blog: Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

Alan Baker Picking grapesAlan Baker: A guy who has more tasks on his list than he has time to complete them. I think the days are long gone when a winemaker could just focus on making great wine. If the world doesn’t know about your wines, it won’t matter how good they are. So I’m almost always in the tasting room, online, or on the road interacting with our customers. Continue reading »

Dec 022013
2011 Cartograph Wines  – Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, CA, $38 – Rating 91

Very small production of only 55 cases from Roma’s Vineyard near Boonesville, CA. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity and a soft mouth-feel. Aromas of cherry, ripe strawberry puree and baking spice. Flavors of cherry, raspberry and cranberry come together with hints of cola in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Nov 172013
2011 Cartograph Wines Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $40 – Rating 92

Very limited production of 225 cases. This single vineyard Pinot is just coming into it’s own. A fun nose of baked cherry and spice with notes saddle leather. A round mouth-feel with balanced acidity and soft tannins showing flavors of red cherry, raspberry and a touch of blueberry. As the wine opens a bit of earthiness in the finish adds complexity. Buy This Wine