2020 Ceritas, Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California, USA

2020 Ceritas, Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California, USA

Product: 20208228013
 
2020 Ceritas, Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California, USA

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The 2020 Pinot Noir Elliott is a potent, brooding wine. Swaths of tannin wrap around a core of dark red/purplish fruit, sage, graphite, scorched earth and liquorice. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2020 packs a serious punch. It is one of the more reticent wines in this range. I would give it a few years to settle down.

Drink 2025 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (August 2023)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous95+/100

The 2020 Pinot Noir Elliott is a potent, brooding wine. Swaths of tannin wrap around a core of dark red/purplish fruit, sage, graphite, scorched earth and liquorice. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2020 packs a serious punch. It is one of the more reticent wines in this range. I would give it a few years to settle down.

Drink 2025 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (August 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck94/100

The 2020 Pinot Noir Elliott Vineyard is entirely sourced from the Mt. Eden clone, planted on blue schist and quartz soils, and utilized 40% whole cluster fermentation. It is bright with pure, poppy red fruit, fresh herbs, and wet stone. The palate offers a medium build, with rosehip, fresh cranberry, and stony minerality, and the perfume lingers on the palate long after the wine has dissipated. This is a beautifully lifted wine with such freshness and purity to drink over the next 15 or more years.

Drink 2022 - 2038

Audrey Frick, JebDunnuck.com (August 2022)

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About this WINE

Ceritas

Ceritas

Ceritas is a family-owned winery in California that produces small quantities of handcrafted wines. The winery is known for its focus on terroir-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sourced from vineyards in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz counties. The owners, John and Phoebe Raytek, have a deep passion for wine, and their goal is to produce wines that express the unique qualities of the vineyards where they are grown.

The wines are made with minimal intervention, allowing the grapes to fully express their natural character and reflect the vineyard's terroir. The winery uses organic and biodynamic farming practices, and the grapes are hand-harvested and sorted to ensure that only the highest quality fruit is used in winemaking.

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Sonoma County

Sonoma County

North Coast's Sonoma County is California's largest AVA with 19,800 ha (2005) of vines. It has forever been the home of the meek and mild small grower as compared to the grandeur and might of neighbour Napa; more picturesque too, as much of the sandy, gravely loam land belonged to true orchards and fruit farms until the 1970s.

Sonoma Valley covers a small part of Sonoma County but its wines often outshine its illustrious neighbours in Napa County. Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon are cultivated here with much success. Sonoma Valley has long enjoyed a special place in the history of California wine. The first vineyards in the valley were planted by Franciscan monks in 1823. In 1857 Agoston Haraszthy, one of the founding fathers of California's commercial winemaking, opened here the highly successful Buena Vista Winery.

Closer to the coast are the region's top producing AVAs for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Green Valley, while the slightly warmer Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys have earned a reputation as a hotspot for Cabernet, and increasingly, Zinfandel and Merlot.

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Ridge, Teira, Williams & Selyem, Rochioli are definitely worth investigating.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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