Cartograph Wines

Owner(s) Alan Baker, Serena Lourie
Web site www.cartographwines.com
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A small, boutique winery specializing in Pinot Noir founded in 2009. Owners Alan Baker and Serena Lourie chose a cartograph as their label name and logo. A cartograph is a visual marking of ideas or in their case, a visual depiction of the journey that brought them to winemaking.

Alan Baker left a career in public radio in Minnesota and moved to California to work in the wine industry. He learned winemaking at Unti Vineyards and Peterson Winery. Using his radio production talents, he created a Public Radio sponsored podcast called "Ratcasts From the Cellar Rat" about all aspects of wine production. He continued his wine education at Crushpad in San Francisco where he launched his first commercial brand Cellar Rat Cellars. At Crushpad, he met Serena Lourie who had an equal interest in wine. Today, Baker makes the wine for Cartograph and Lourie manages the daily operations.

Vineyard sources for Pinot Noir include Split Rock Vineyard and Two Pisces Vineyard, both located in the Sonoma Coast The wines are sold through a mailing list and through the winery's online wine store.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Cartograph Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

pH 3.67, 196 cases, $40. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of red cherries, cranberry and sandalwood. Light and delicate, but flavorful, featuring dark red cherry and berry flavors backed up by brisk acidity. The pedigree of this established vineyard shows through. Very good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »