2016 Cartograph Estate Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Alcohol %
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2016 Cartograph Estate Pinot Noir

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SKU: 2016CartographEstatePinot

Tasting notes:

This first Pinot noir from the Cartograph Estate is rich and complex. It comes at you with some pretty overtly fruity aromatics: Strawberry, cranberry, dark cherry, orange blossom and fresh cut cedar are prominent as you sniff the glass. But as you get the wine in your mouth, your brain moves beyond those first impressions and notices the play between structural elements and the round supple fruit. As much as I love the fun, glitzy storefront of this wine, the real story is the complexity that comes at you on the first sip. What was fruity becomes savory. What was sharp on the nose becomes supple and round on the palate. While it’s easily enjoyed without overthinking, this is a Pinot geek’s wine. Spend time with this one to uncover all the little things going on behind the scenes, all the way through the long finish that shows mouth-coating tannins late. (Updated 1.25.21 - Alan)

Vineyard: Cartograph Estate

Clones: 115, 667, 777, Pommard

Cases produced: 213 cases 

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Wine Profile
Terroirist.com: Medium ruby color. Rhubarb pops from the nose, along with roses, cola, sweet strawberries and raspberries. The palate is fresh and bright with dusty tannins and juicy fruit (strawberries, red currants, raspberries). I get notes of raspberry leaf, mint and white pepper that add complexity. Juicy, fruity and fun but really vibrant and lively. I’d like to see where this goes in 2-3 years. 13.6% alcohol. (91 points IJB)
Other Notes
Vinography 11-2-19 Cartograph cellars in Healdsburg (a little brand started by former blogger and journalist Alan Baker) offered up their estate-grown Pinot Noir for tasting, and it was pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a carefully tended, small-production Russian River Pinot Noir. Delicious and seemingly downright affordable compared to those pricey William Selyems. 2016 Cartograph "Estate" Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of sawdust and cranberries. In the mouth, cranberry and raspberry flavors mix with darker earthier notes touched by a hint of dried herbs. Good acidity and length. 13.6% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9.