On a recent Saturday evening we shared an amazing vineyard tour and meal at Floodgate Vineyard with several of Cartograph's biggest supporters. It was a great group of people who have been involved with Cartograph since it's inception. We couldn't have made it this far without support from an incredible network of family and friends.
Floodgate vineyard manager Warren Burton, his wife Bobbi and the Floodgate crew put on a truly impressive event for us. We started the evening with beers in the shade and then hopped on board a hayride for a tour of the vineyard. We made several stops to check out the various grape varieties and enjoyed wine made from those grapes at each stop. Paired with each wine was an appetizer tailored to match the wine served. Looking back it really was a mind boggling amount of food and wine that we got to sample. It was especially fun to be drinking our 2009 Gewürztraminer while walking our Gewürz block and talking about how the grapes are grown.
The Floodgate property is absolutely gorgeous with flowers, gardens and many different clones of Pinot noir planted as well as Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon blanc and a little bit of Riesling.
The very first few vines to start veraison (when the grapes turn purple) were in the foreground of the picture to the left. (Pinot clone 667)
We're looking forward to releasing our first Cartograph Pinot Noir from Floodgate in the fall of 2010. It was a treat to try two great Floodgate Pinots while on the tour. We were able to taste both the C. Donatiello Block 15 Pinot as well as Gary Farrell's Floodgate Pinot from his new Alysian label. Both were showing wonderfully and it got us all very excited about the future wines from Floodgate. There are some vines just hitting their stride here and Warren has them dialed in perfectly.
Our thanks to Bobbi, Warren, Marlene, Maxine and Adam for giving us such a wonderful evening among the vines.