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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 11 
TypeWhite
ProducerCeritas (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardPorter-Bass Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2020 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 67 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Nutty08 on 1/17/2016 & rated 92 points: Nothing detailed, but after a 2hr decant was quite taught and vibrant, with a narrow focused palate and distinct mineral finish. Quite nice in the refreshing light chardonnay vein. (1063 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 11/21/2015 & rated 90 points: Wineberserker's offline: Tartufo Bianco (San Carlos, CA): Lemon-yellow; nose is very clean, slate, minerality; palate is full bodied but very clean, fresh, medium-plus acid; medium finish. Very nice, among the best balanced california Chardonnays that I've had, but it could use a bit more depth and character. 91 (1137 views)
 Tasted by DuaneT on 11/13/2015 & rated 90 points: Compared to other vintages I have had the flavors flavors are more muted and the mouthfeel is also less substantial. Very steely with some tropical fruit notes. I would say there was a noticeable improvement to the flavor when the wine warmed to room temperature, so I would recommend drinking this one on the warmer side. (1169 views)
 Tasted by eharkins on 9/6/2015: Green, Apple, high toned citrus fruit, minerals, nice kiss of oak on the finish, will try hold onto my remaking bottle for a bit (1404 views)
 Tasted by blove on 8/26/2015 & rated 90 points: Good but very tight initially. Opened more after a few hours. Still quite lean. (1351 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 8/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Consistent with previous bottle. Beautifully balanced chardonnay. So much for waiting another year before trying again! Oh well. (1360 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 8/8/2015: Tasted similar to my note from 2014, with green apple, leaner texture and crisp. Drinking well now and plenty of energy to go. (1516 views)
 Tasted by jimkay21 on 8/3/2015 & rated 90 points: It's good, just lighter bodied. The drive for acidity lets the fruit that Calif chardonnay can develop get away. I wonder if the final blend could include this wine and some later harvested fruit for richness? (1372 views)
 Tasted by WST on 8/2/2015: Count me as a fan. Beautiful wine, perfectly balanced. Citrus and orchard fruit, minerals. Not too acidic, not too flat, not too full, not too austere...Just Right!!! (1267 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 8/1/2015 & rated 90 points: Dinner with friends (Chris and Renee's): I was anxious to try this as I had heard interesting things about the producer. Light golden in color. The nose has a really nice fresh quality to it with lemon curd, vanilla and a bit of wax. On the palate, this is rounder than I expected although certainly not ostentatious. There is enough acidity but this is not lean or racey in style. The lemon carries thru to the palate. Nice finish. Worked well on its own and with food. Some feta mixed with lemon juice was a great match. (1323 views)
 Tasted by domco on 4/27/2015: Kicking myself for not buying more as I thought this wine was electric. Tart, crisp, mouth-watering. Delicious. (1850 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 3/21/2015 & rated 92 points: Pale straw color. Nose was a bit closed at first but after about an hour it showed aromas of green apple, lemon custard, white flowers and crushed rocks. Mostly tart apple and citrus flavors on the palate with a clear streak of minerality. Taut mouthfeel with lots of acidity and a clean finish. The best sips were the last ones when the wine had been open for a while and warmed up to close to room temperature. This is really well made chardonnay in a restrained and precise style. Will hold my remaining bottle for another year or so. (1767 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 3/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Got better throughout 4 hours. (1942 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 3/7/2015 & rated 95 points: The nose just exudes minerality, like rain water washing down a granite cliff, followed by a medium intense palate, somehow deeply flavorful and at the same time elegant and airy, with notes of stone fruit, lemon curd, wonderfully balanced acidity, and a long, tingly, mineral/saline finish. Maybe I'm kidding myself, but this could be a Grand Cru Chablis. Fantastic. (1971 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Popped and poured, followed approximately 3 hours. Light straw gold in colour, with a slight green tinge. On the nose, lemon drop, lime zest, honeydew melon, fresh herb, crushed rock, slight vanillin oak and custard. On the palate, quite lean, with medium plus acidity. The finish is of moderate length, framed with tastes of lemon zest, mineral and herb. This is my fourth experience with this particular bottling, all consistent notes. Not sure what the future holds for this wine, as it is leaner and higher acid than both the 2009 and 2010 vintages, as well as lacking a bit of complexity and exuberance. While well made, and quite enjoyable, I'm not sure this will hit the same heights, even with further time in the bottle. My recommendation would be to hold and hope for the best. (2121 views)
 Tasted by dfarley on 12/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Evolved nicely over past year. Retains good acidity and minerality but better integrated with the fruit now. Disappointed in reviews that criticize the lean style of this wine since that is the beauty of it. If you are expecting a Kendall Jackson chard or want to make Sangria you should go elsewhere. (1898 views)
 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 11/17/2014 & rated 91 points: A Casual Monday Night in Toronto (Fine Wine Reserve, Toronto, ON): (bottle was opened 24 hours prior) I always find Ceritas to be a more lean, restrained style and this is no exception. Perhaps even more so due to the cool 2011 vintage. The oak influence is almost non-existent and there is very little oxidative character. There is a nice leesy custary component due to extended lees contact however which is quite appealing. The nose reveals a melange of stone/orchard/citrus fruit, lemon custard, green grape skins, honeydew melon and a slight green/herbal note. The palate is very high acid with an appealing creamyness. The finish isn't terribly long, but reveals a pleasant floral note. Good solid wine, which represents the producer and vintage well. (2289 views)
 Tasted by jrobs7777 on 10/31/2014: One trick pony, in my view. Lots of acidity and lots of citrus. I imagine a lot of people would have a hard time identifying this as a Chardonnay. Its got enough body to set it apart from Sauvignon Blancs but it is steely and bracing. I've had INOX Chardonnays that I've enjoyed, but this lacks the complexity and depth of some of the better unoaked Chardonnays I've had in the past. (2260 views)
 Tasted by Rktekt3 on 8/31/2014 & rated 90 points: Well, I'm not much on chards so I turned this one into pink lemonade sangria. Which was yummy. (2499 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 8/18/2014: Way too young. Lemony citrus, laser acidity, and great minerality. Needs 3-5 years. Really a shame to open this now. Should be a 93-95 point wine with time. (2014 views)
 Tasted by BigTex22 on 8/17/2014: With the upcoming release of the 2012 PB Ceritas, we wanted to open a bottle. Popped and poured, and followed this over the next few hours. Soft citrus nose, very restrained. Silky mouthfeel, and then the edgy citrus and acid kicked in. This has a lot of acidity. I mean, a lot. We were sipping this by itself after lunch, but it would have really benefited from food. Given the price and the acid kick, I prefer something a bit more middle of the road, like a Liquid Farm White Hill - not quite as much acid and $15 less per bottle. While not a bad wine, it's definitely an acquired taste. May settle down after a few more years...we'll see. GOOD. (2245 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 8/17/2014 & rated 90 points: Fresh and vibrant with lemon and marzipan notes. Lively minerality and acidity; very pure and well made but doesn't have the amount of complexity and vibe I anticipated of a wine of this price. That being said this is young and I look forward to seeing how it ages. (2482 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 8/15/2014: This wine was drinkable, and I would serve it to my non-wine friends. There were no flaws. I found zero interest in it. Quite acidic and thin, reminiscent of taking a chance on an $6 bottle of white wine at the local wine shop and being dissapointed by the outcome. Except in this case, move the price over 1 decimal point. I don't know what else to say, because there's nothing there. I opened this to feel out the producer before they offer the 2012's. I'll try to open a 2011 Peter Martin Ray before then, as I see no redeeming value in this bottle. (2269 views)
 Tasted by scott davis on 8/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Clear, light golden yellow in color, having bright aromas of lemon and lime citrus notes with white flowers. The palate exhibits lemon rind, lime zest, honeysuckle, and saline flavors, which are elegant and balanced by the racy acidity. Medium body, nice texture, and medium-long finish. (2433 views)
 Tasted by Diane (LI) on 7/21/2014: Whenever I drink a Ceritas, I wonder why I don't drink them more often. Great acidity with a whisper of pear and lime. (2306 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/3/2013)
(Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard) Light yellow color; tart pear, apple nose; juicy, ripe pear, ripe apple palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/4/2013)
(Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard) Light canary yellow color; lemon drop, ripe lemon nose; very tasty, rich but poised, ripe lemon, lemon drop, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish  93 points
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