Cartograph 2012 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer

A few months ago, I visited Cartograph’s tasting room in downtown Healdsburg and had the chance to sip through many of their wines.  When we got to their 2012 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer, I have to admit, I wasn’t prepared to like it so much.  I haven’t had too many domestic versions that I would care to sip again.  To my surprise, Cartograph makes a wonderful Gewürz more similar to what you would find from Alsace.

2012 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer
Cartograph 2012 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer

Technical Stuff

100% Gewürztraminer from the Russian River Valley.  13.8% alcohol.  185 cases produced.  Retails for $24.

Tasting Notes

Cartopgraph’s 2012 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer is loaded with beautiful aromas.  There are intoxicating notes of orange blossom, lemon, minerals, and peach.  The palate is elegant and dry with bright tastes of citrus, lychee fruit, and peach.  Surprisingly complex and full with plenty of acidity.  I really dig this wine!

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Healdsburg Square, definitely stop by Cartograph.  Great atmosphere, wonderful people, and excellent wines!

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Mini-Review – David Hill Winery 2010 Estate Gewürztraminer

I have been trying a lot of white wine from Oregon lately and, overall, they have been pretty fantastic.  David Hill Winery 2010 Estate Gewürztraminer is no exception.  I enjoyed their Pinot Gris and the Gewürztraminer offers a beautiful, elegant palate that really won me over. 

The nose has lovely, floral aromas with a hint of spice.  This Gewürztraminer is dry and succulent with tastes of honey, peaches, and citrus.  There are also notes of ginger that add depth to the palate.  A terrific wine that pairs perfectly with sushi, Indian dishes, or teriyaki chicken. ($16, 11.5% alcohol)

My Wine Rating – B+

*Media Sample

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