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 'Marena' bottling is a blend from their younger vines of the Heintz, Teac Mor, and Porter-Bass vineyards, meant to showcase a snapshot of the region and vintage. The wine is fermented and aged in neutral barrels on the lees and goes through full malolactic-fermentation with native yeasts.
The 2018 Chardonnay Marena offers pretty floral, green herbs and nutty tones with a core of quince. The medium-bodied palate is lively and expressive, with ever-changing flavor layers and a long finish that hints at more to come. This is similar in style to a premier cru Chablis. 94 Points, Erin Brooks (Wine Advocate)