Ceritas made their first wine in 2005 and immediately set their sail as one of the finest proponents of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in America. To understand why their wines are so good, you can look back on their past experience. John worked for exemplary estates like Flowers, Rhys and Copain as they were questing for the best sites in California to grow or source special grapes.
Sourced from twelve sites in Sonoma and Santa Cruz, not necessarily owned by, but all under Ceritas control, all farmed organically or bio-dynamically. John looks for vines over 30 years old with deep root systems that permit dry farming. He also only looks for “pre-Dijon” suitcase clones from Burgundy and native American heirloom clones. The Chardonnay sees no new wood at all and Pinot Noir sees 25% new wood as an average across all wines.
Comparisons are hard but Ceritas Chardonnay when released is coiled very tight (not fruity) and with age seems to gain a faint beeswax aroma that reminds me of wines like Dauvissat Chablis. The Pinot Noirs are fresh, crisp and attractive young and stylistically track Mugnier or Fourrier Chambolle by way of Burgundian comparison. They fan out with complexity and texture with age. Both styles of elegance, freshness and precision, not obvious in size, tannin or ripeness of fruit. It is this poise that also gives them great energy and longevity – these are wines that can see it out with the very best. Importer’s Notes
Contains 2 bottles each of the following and includes shipping:
Ceritas Charles Heintz Chardonnay 2019
Ceritas Elliot Pinot Noir 2019
Ceritas Costalina Pinot Noir 2019