I realized its been quite a while since picked a ‘wine of the week.’
Look no further, especially for local Bay area readers. Here is a local Healdsburg highlight of my May journeys through Rosé, so far.
I am again delinquent about reviewing Cartograph, best known as an emerging Pinot Noir producer to watch.
I reviewed their Gewurtraminer some time ago, which (ironically) was my debut wine of the week. I have a stash of their Pinot Noir I really must write about. Generally when I open a bottle of Cartograph, its for ‘me’ time, sorry, on occasion I don’t share everything I drink.
Since I last wrote, Cartograph has teamed up with Stark Wines to open one of the coolest tasting rooms in Healdsburg. Friday nights there have been especially fun as they have rotated in live music, artists, writers and more. Tonight for example, is singer Steve Pile. The tasting room is Garagiste Healdsburg, which in addition to its highly lauded tasting room, is a small production facility.
During the summer, you can sit outside on their amazing patio, order wine by the glass, and have food delivered from Healdsburg restaurants. Great wine, food delivered, and a gorgeous patio – Simply Hedonistic!
Release Party, Saturday May 25th
This wonderful Rosé is available tomorrow at their release party in Healdsburg tomorrow 1-5 pm. (But open until 7 pm.)
Review: 2011 Cartograph Pinot Noir Rosé, Russian River Valley
To The Eye: Light vibrant pink, with a salmon orange hue.
On The Nose: Expressive nose of fresh strawberries, white peach, rose petals.
In The Mouth: Bright, fun, and (too) easy to drink. A red fruit bowl of strawberry, fresh raspberry, bright cherry, pomegranate. Fresh fruit on the front palate, nice mouth feel mid palate, balanced with Bright mouthwatering acidity on the finish.
Recommendation: This one is a keeper, buy 3-6 bottles, and make sure you hide away 1-2 for Thanksgiving! Tasting room only, $19. Only 55 cases made. (And a handful of the cutest damn 375 ml bottles you ever saw. ) 91 Points
Wine Geek Info:
- TA 6.7
- pH 3.16
- Alc: 13.2