Ceritas

Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay

9.2248 ratings
9.289 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

I wanted to open a Ceritas bottle during @Antonio Galloni ‘s interview with Ceritas winemaker John. I initially opened a 2015 Heintz Chardonnay, but it was corked. I moved to this bottle and it was intriguing to hear John say this is their earliest harvested vineyard, but their richest in profile wine. Crazy.

Upon opening, it had a very thin finish. I think there was a two part reason: it was too cold and it needed more air. This got substantially better once it warmed above cellar temp and was at its best with 3hrs of air. Very Chablis like with an oily texture and hardly any trace of oak. Hint of reduction. Very pure fruit...lemon oil, underripe melon, crushed seashell, and honeysuckle aromatics. Shockingly, the acidity here was fairly mellow. Not as razor sharp as I expected or have experienced with other Ceritas chards. Tart stone fruits, steely and grilled lemon rind round out the palate and finish. I’d hold this another few years to see how it blossoms.

I wanted to open a Ceritas bottle during @Antonio Galloni ‘s interview with Ceritas winemaker John. I initially opened a 2015 Heintz Chardonnay, but it was corked. I moved to this bottle and it was intriguing to hear John say this is their earliest harvested vineyard, but their richest in profile wine. Crazy.

Upon opening, it had a very thin finish. I think there was a two part reason: it was too cold and it needed more air. This got substantially better once it warmed above cellar temp and was at its best with 3hrs of air. Very Chablis like with an oily texture and hardly any trace of oak. Hint of reduction. Very pure fruit...lemon oil, underripe melon, crushed seashell, and honeysuckle aromatics. Shockingly, the acidity here was fairly mellow. Not as razor sharp as I expected or have experienced with other Ceritas chards. Tart stone fruits, steely and grilled lemon rind round out the palate and finish. I’d hold this another few years to see how it blossoms.

Apr 30th, 2020
JP Pierce

Warm ferment with low with wood impact. Nice delivery for CA. Focused and concise palate with loads of avid and phenolics. Interesting as it open up. Thank you Dave!

Warm ferment with low with wood impact. Nice delivery for CA. Focused and concise palate with loads of avid and phenolics. Interesting as it open up. Thank you Dave!

Mar 13th, 2020
Paco Suro

Flinty. Stone. Not stone fruit. Stones.

Flinty. Stone. Not stone fruit. Stones.

Mar 12th, 2020
Matt Lasater

Taut, saline, just ripe yellow fruit, wet rocks, struck stone, beaming acidity, love the finesse of texture here. There’s some serious tension, appears to be a more linear expression of PMR right now. I love it but it will be smashing when it begins to uncoil. Favorite vineyard in the Ceritas CH program for me and a highlight of 2016 harvest there.

Taut, saline, just ripe yellow fruit, wet rocks, struck stone, beaming acidity, love the finesse of texture here. There’s some serious tension, appears to be a more linear expression of PMR right now. I love it but it will be smashing when it begins to uncoil. Favorite vineyard in the Ceritas CH program for me and a highlight of 2016 harvest there.

Feb 25th, 2020
Helen M Gaydos

Stunning! Everything I love about Chardonnay. Bright, creamy, lemony fruit, great mouthfeel, mineral and alcohol light.

Stunning! Everything I love about Chardonnay. Bright, creamy, lemony fruit, great mouthfeel, mineral and alcohol light.

Nov 5th, 2019
Eric Urbani

Santa Cruz Fruit, drinking well, can hold for longer too.

Santa Cruz Fruit, drinking well, can hold for longer too.

Jul 7th, 2019
Matt Lasater

This wine always carries a distinct signature of yellow tree fruit, a damp earthiness, and an almost saline-like minerality underlining the wine. Also, texturally I find this to be the most rich of the Ceritas line-up, approaching an oily like mouthfeel but always balanced its acid. The vintage also seemed to express a little more cut than I remember, it’s driving along the palate beginning to end. The 2014 is showing great, beginning to uncoil and reveal it’s true nuance. White WOTN for me

This wine always carries a distinct signature of yellow tree fruit, a damp earthiness, and an almost saline-like minerality underlining the wine. Also, texturally I find this to be the most rich of the Ceritas line-up, approaching an oily like mouthfeel but always balanced its acid. The vintage also seemed to express a little more cut than I remember, it’s driving along the palate beginning to end. The 2014 is showing great, beginning to uncoil and reveal it’s true nuance. White WOTN for me

Sep 14th, 2018
Paco Suro

Just checking it out. Young. Tight. Lemon rind.

Just checking it out. Young. Tight. Lemon rind.

Jun 20th, 2018
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

8.9

All secondary flavors, some tea, acid and lemon peel.

All secondary flavors, some tea, acid and lemon peel.

Dec 7th, 2017
Sam Rethmeier

Rich, textured, butter and cream and mushrooms with coconut, pear and pineapple. Perfect minerality with perfect acidity. This is epic CA Chardonnay.

Rich, textured, butter and cream and mushrooms with coconut, pear and pineapple. Perfect minerality with perfect acidity. This is epic CA Chardonnay.

3 people found it helpfulDec 5th, 2013