2018 Ceritas "Rivina" Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
The technique is amazing, but the climates are different. But…if there were American wines that brought to mind the wines of Burgundy, Ceritas would be near the very top. Crisp, mineral, with just the right amount of California sunshine: Ceritas Chardonnays are likely the closest thing America has to Grand Cru Chablis. The Pinot Noirs are a thing of beauty. Rich on the front, but super bright and elegant on the finish. Ceritas means “mineral expression of the soil.” That sounds just about right. The owners are John Raytek (also the winemaker) and his spouse Phoebe Bass. John cut his teeth at as the assistant winemaker at Copain and later helped plant the vineyards at Rhys.
"Nearly 18 years ago, a vineyard was planted by long-time industry friends in the northernmost reaches of the Fort-Ross Seaview sub-appellation of the West Sonoma Coast. When planted, the vine density (2400 vines/acre) was almost unheard of. The tight spacing resulted in small vines growing intense fruit all the while driving the roots deep into the hard sandstone soils with high concentrations of quartz. Organically and dry-farmed by our dear friend Greg Adams.
We source a small section of this vineyard which is planted using the revered Calera selection massale bud wood from the Ceritas Occidental Vineyard. Small, tight clusters with small berries results in a wine of great depth and concentration while retaining an amazing amount of natural acidity. This wine is a great parallel to the Occidental Pinot Noir as you get to see the differences between the two sites using the same clonal source." -- Winery