“These remain some of the most distinctive wines in all of California.” – Antonio Galloni
We are thrilled to present the stunning 2020s Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s from Ceritas, the brainchild of the visionary John Raytek!
Ceritas 2020: A Wildfire Vintage That Shines
The 2020 vintage in California was one of the most difficult and dramatic in recent history, as wildfires ravaged many parts of the state and threatened the quality and quantity of the grapes. Many winemakers had to make tough decisions on when and how to harvest, as well as how to deal with the potential effects of smoke taint on their wines.
However, despite the challenges, some producers managed to craft remarkable wines that reflect the resilience and adaptability of the California wine industry. One of them is John Raytek from Ceritas, who received high praise from the critics.
With a steadfast dedication to minimal intervention, Ceritas wines radiate a rare purity and razor-sharp focus, perfect for the discerning palate that seeks tension and precision. If you love Chardonnays that are laser-focused and Pinot Noirs that are pure and crunchy, this selection is a must-have.
What the critics say
Antonio Galloni is a fan and says:“Winemaking often comes down to making decisions in critical moments, usually in the heat of battle. John Raytek did exactly that in 2020. With fires threatening, Raytek harvested what he could and dropped as much as half the crop in other sites to push ripening ahead as much as possible. The result is a truly impressive set of 2020s. The wines are a bit lighter than most years but still full of flavor and character. I can’t recommend these wines highly enough.”
In addition, Audrey Frick from JebDunnuck.com gave lovely scores to the 2020 Chardonnays: 96 points for the Charles Heintz, 94 points for the Zephyr and declared that: “The wines express a pure, focused style that will appeal to those who seek tension and precision.”
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The Vinum Team
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2020 Ceritas, Charles Heintz Chardonnay
6 cases (x6) @ SGD $ 700/ case (inc GST $756)
“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, savory 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.”
96 Points Audrey Frick – JebDunnuck.com
2020 Ceritas, Zephyr Chardonnay
12 cases (x6) @ SGD $ 650/ case (inc GST $702)
“The 2020 Chardonnay Zephyr comes from a site overlooking the town of Freestone that sits on top of deep sandstone soils. It is fresh with saline, white peach, lime candy, and the palate has a lightly herbal savor, a bit more concentration and zippy acid, and a long finish. Drink over the next 10-15 years.”
94 Points Audrey Frick – JebDunnuck.com
2020 Ceritas, Carex Chardonnay
8 cases (x6) @ SGD $ 630/ case (inc GST $680.40)
“The 2020 Chardonnay Carex is bright and nicely focused. Slate, crushed rocks, mint, white pepper and sage lend quite a bit of tension to this mid-weight, nervy Chardonnay. I suppose there could be a bit more to the mid-palate, but this is a very, very good wine for the year.”
93 Points Antonio Galloni
2020 Ceritas, Chloe Pinot Noir
3 cases (x6) @ SGD $ 750/ case (inc GST $810)
“The 2020 Pinot Noir Cuvee Chloe is highly aromatic and moves into a more classical perfume of cherry cola and forest floor. The palate is generous with its fruit of cranberry cocktail, rose petal, and fine tannins that emerge on the finish. Drink over the next 15 or more years.”
96 Points Audrey Frick – JebDunnuck.com
2020 Ceritas, Elliott Pinot Noir
16 cases (x6) @ SGD $ 650/ case (inc GST $702)
“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 licorice. 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.”
95+ Points Antonio Galloni
2020 Ceritas, Hellenthal Pinot Noir
5 cases (x6) @ SGD $ 720/ case (inc GST $777.60)
“Grown on pink sandstone soils, the 2020 Pinot Noir Helenthal Old Shop Block has more raspberry fruit, with fresh crushed flowers and a touch of cinnamon stick. The palate is fully dry and fresh with strawberry fruit, forest herbs, and super-fine tannins. Drink over the next 15 or more years.”
95 Points Audrey Frick – JebDunnuck.com
2020 Ceritas, Trout Gulch Pinot Noir
2 cases (x6) @ SGD $ 850/ case (inc GST $918)
“The 2020 Pinot Noir Trout Gulch is another gorgeous wine in this range. Sweet dark cherry, gravel, spice, dried flowers, orange peel and licorice flesh out. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2020 is deep, expressive and full of personality. It is another seriously impressive wine in this range.”
94 Points Antonio Galloni
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