Top of the tree USA Chardonnay & Pinot - Ceritas

by Hugh French | Nov 19, 2021



"Subsequent vintages—not only of Porter-Bass but of other Ceritas Chardonnays and Pinots—have convinced us that no one in California comes closer to capturing the magic of great Burgundy than John Raytek."
Rare Wine Co.



"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. They have achieved this and will say that I have not tasted any more impressive."
Distributor Notes

"We often hear about California Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays being “Burgundian.” But how often are they really? For our money, no one in northern California comes closer to the Burgundian ideal than John Raytek does."
Rare Wine Co.

For a full list of Ceritas wines available click HERE

All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order, simply click on the links below or return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or call us on 03 9419 6990.



2019 Marena Chardonnay
Usually $129 - Special Offer $124

"The wines of Ceritas are about as rare as any from the California. This bottling is comes from several top sites along the Sonoma Coast including Charles Heintz, Porter-Bass and Occidental Valley. The wine is fermented in neutral barrels to add richness while limiting the oak influence on the purity of the fruit."

Distributor Notes



2019 Carex Chardonnay
Usually $199 - Special Offer $189

"The vineyard was planted in 2004, using a special selection of Old Wente Chardonnay which was renowned for producing tiny clusters of zippy Chardonnay. The site is planted meter by meter requiring the vines to only ripen 10-12 clusters, resulting in a depth of flavor and complexity that is similar to Porter-Bass. Porter-Bass is planted using the same selection of Old Wente. Being so closely planted, the fruit sees little in the way of direct sunlight allowing the skins to thicken and provide a tannic backbone which should result in a wine from this vineyard ageing a long time."

Winery Notes



2019 Chloe Pinot Noir
Usually $209 - Special Offer $199

"Just east of the town of Occidental is one of the sweet spots for making Pinot Noir. The Senna vineyard sits in the coolest part of the Green Valley, often colder than vineyards found at higher elevation. Here, due to the lower elevation, the fog sweeps into the site earlier and stays longer than sites closer to the cost. Planted 15 years ago using the shy bearing Swan clone, a suitcase clone brought back from the famed La Tache vineyard in Vosne-Romanee."

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2019 Hellenthal Vineyard 'old shop block' Pinot Noir
Extremely Limited $229

"In the late 1970’s Gard Hellenthal and David Hirsch began looking for vineyards north of Cazadero in the hills facing the Pacific. After securing a land piece of land just to the east of Hirsch Vineyards, Gard planted the original vines at Hellenthal Vineyards. Two plantings went in – Old Shop Block and Elliott. We are fortunate enough to be the sole winery sourcing fruit from the oldest vines on the property, affectionately known as the Old Shop Block."

Winery Notes



2018 Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Usually $279 - Special Offer $269

"When Martin Ray’s son, Peter Martin Ray, took over the farming of this site, he replanted to the Mt. Eden clone of Chardonnay in the early 1980s and continued to work the Rixford clone Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the 1920’s. What makes this fruit so remarkable is a direct result of the vines’ constant struggle: raw farmed with minimal manmade input; the vines are constantly seeking water, nutrients, and sustenance from deep in the hillside....The Cabernet Sauvignon is a throwback to the earliest Cabernet Sauvignon made in California. It is taught, vibrant and boasts refined tannins and singularity unlike any other Cabernet other than the neighboring Ridge Monte Bello wines."

Winery Notes



These wines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order simply click on the links above or return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or call us on 03 9419 6990.





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