For years there has been a very clear line defining New and Old World wines, but now it’s 2018 and estates like Ceritas, the heavily acclaimed cult Sonoma coast producer, this line is becoming increasingly blurred. Led by the husband and wife duo of John Raytek and Phoebe Bass, Ceritas has been on the scene for about ten years now, quietly selling out each vintage to its mailing list (which is now closed) while slowly acquiring some of the top sites in the Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Santa Cruz mountains.
Mr. Raytek, originally a star sommelier from the Inn at Little Washington, was quickly penned one of the America’s most promising winemakers. Now years later we’re beginning to see him hit his stride. A self-described old world vigneron, Mr. Raytek cultivates wines in the vineyard first, implementing the traditional winemaking approach of considering the grapes’ experience on the vines to guide their treatment in the winery. He is known to pick on the earlier side, providing wonderful tension and vivid energy. Stylistically, the wines aim for transparency and purity, balanced by flat-out addicting intensity in its fruit. The results, as you will see in their sensational 97 point 2015 Elliot Vineyard release, is special. Hurry, as with all of Ceritas wines, supplies are woefully limited!
2015 Ceritas Pinot Noir Elliott Vineyard
“The 2015 Pinot Noir Elliott Vineyard is a full-on exotic beauty. A rush of black cherry, plum, graphite, sage and lavender make a strong opening statement. Powerful and structured, with intense mineral and savory notes, the 2015 has so much to offer. The 75% whole clusters are present, but also beautifully integrated. This is an especially potent, explosive style. I loved it.” 97 Points, Antonio Galloni