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. These are stylistically extremely delicate and fine-boned, the perfume is alluring and the filigree tannins I have routinely only found in Burgundy. These are wonderful Pinots for the cellar and would be magical in the home of any serious collector of Pinot Noir.
“The mission at Ceritas is to craft single vineyard expressions of place through Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our wines are reflective of the growing seasons and soils from which they came. In the vineyard we allow our sustainable farming practices to be dictated by observation and empiricism rather than by prescriptive farming. All of our vineyard sites are either farmed biodynamically or are in the initial stages of being converted to biodynamic farming methods. In the winery, we keep things simple. We look at winemaking from a standpoint that owes more to tradition than it does to cutting-edge innovation. The crafting of each vintage is like a journey, in which nature sets its own course.” John Raytek.
The 2020 Pinot Noir Cuvée Chloé is gorgeous. Bright, aromatic and beautifully lifted, the 2020 is seriously impressive. Crushed red berry fruit, cinnamon, spice and orange peel all grace this exquisite, silky Pinot Noir. What a beautiful wine this is. 93pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous