Ceritas is a stunning producer of very cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from sites along the northern Californian coast. Led by husband and wife duo, John and Phoebe Raytek, the wines are not typically Californian. The Chardonnays channel all the focus and salinity of the Pacific Ocean. Crushed chalk, oyster shell and lime zest are typical characters on the palate, closer in style to Grand Cru Chablis than anywhere else in Burgundy. Just fantastic wines to enjoy over several hours.
The Carex vineyard was planted in 2004, using a special selection of Old Wente Chardonnay which was renowned for producing tiny clusters of zippy Chardonnay. The site is planted meter by meter requiring the vines to only ripen 10-12 clusters, resulting in a depth of flavour and complexity that is similar to Porter-Bass. Being so closely planted, the fruit sees little in the way of direct sunlight allowing the skins to thicken and provide a tannic backbone which should result in a wine from this vineyard ageing a long time
The 2018 Chardonnay Carex opens to deeper tones of mushroom, earth and wet hay with touches of lemon peel and saline. The palate is medium-bodied and gently rounded with earthy character and juicy freshness, finishing long and energetic. This very Chablis-esque cuvée will require another few years in bottle to show its best. 92 points, Wine Advocate 92 Points, Erin Brooks (Wine Advocate)