Ceritas

Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay

9.313 ratings
9.25 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
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
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
Paco Suro

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

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

Jun 20th, 2018
Michael L S

Young.. lots of citrus, acid, slightly pithy texture. Lively wine.

Young.. lots of citrus, acid, slightly pithy texture. Lively wine.

Aug 9th, 2018
Charlie Tapp

Chablisienne. Not at all like their Trout Gulch. Lemon oil, oyster shell and minerality.

Chablisienne. Not at all like their Trout Gulch. Lemon oil, oyster shell and minerality.

May 10th, 2020
Victor Hwang

Chablis like bracing acidity, fresh and salinity

Chablis like bracing acidity, fresh and salinity

Jan 1st, 2019
Raj Ajrawat

Tart and fruity. Baked pears.

Tart and fruity. Baked pears.

Oct 6th, 2018
Ned Gray Creed

Here-Yee, Here-Yee. Is that how it’s spelled? Just trying to call attention to a favorite.

Here-Yee, Here-Yee. Is that how it’s spelled? Just trying to call attention to a favorite.

Sep 28th, 2018
Anna Vocaturo

Anna had this a year ago

Anna had this a year ago

Aug 17th, 2019