2020 Ceritas, Charles Heintz Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California, USA

2020 Ceritas, Charles Heintz Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California, USA

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2020 Ceritas, Charles Heintz Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California, USA

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The 2020 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard is another impressive wine from Ceritas in this range. Bright and sculpted, the 2020 impresses with its energy and drive. Heintz usually yields Chardonnays of greater mid-palate creaminess, but this is a gorgeous and complete wine from a pure pleasure standpoint. Crushed rocks, mint, sage, white pepper and bright saline notes all meld together effortlessly.

Drink 2023 - 2028

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (August 2023)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100

The 2020 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard is another impressive wine from Ceritas in this range. Bright and sculpted, the 2020 impresses with its energy and drive. Heintz usually yields Chardonnays of greater mid-palate creaminess, but this is a gorgeous and complete wine from a pure pleasure standpoint. Crushed rocks, mint, sage, white pepper and bright saline notes all meld together effortlessly.

Drink 2023 - 2028

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (August 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck96/100

Sourced from a 5-acre plot that is organically grown on pure Goldridge sandy loam, the 2020 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard takes on more depth, giving it a touch fuller style, and is fresh white peach, savoury with pilsner, and brothy with saline minerality. The palate has a juicier mid-palate of green apple, vibrant pear, and just a hint of baking spice that tapers to fresh acidity.

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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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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