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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pale white gold color. Nose of white stone, citrus, straw. Tight and young at first on the palate, then slowly unveiling layers of acacia, oak, apple core, grapefruit. Very precise and taut with high acidity and rocky spine. Medium-to-long finish of stone and white fruit. Needs plenty of time. Evident quality even at this young age.
Part of me thought that this might be mildly corked, but I wasn't a hundred percent sure. Light gold color, with a pretty robust nose of white flowers, citrus, apples and light oak notes. The palate was pretty one-dimensional and dominated by lemon notes and a slight cream. This was a lot more muted and less complex than any other Ceritas I've had. I'm not sure if this is just from colder vintage or if this bottle was a little off. I liked the 2010 much better than this.
A somewhat reticent nose, but does show some white flowers and light citrus. The palate is crisp, balanced, a definite pineapple note. A nice wine, but not revealing much depth at this point. Needs another couple years?
Last time I tasted this was at the winery in Spring 2013. I poured a small glass now for lunch, with some goat cheese, crackers and thin sliced turkey--good match for the wine. I intend to finish this later with a few other smart palates and we'll see how it goes but right now, I'd be apt to see this as Chablis, probably a fooler if served blind. Lots of rocky/flinty, apple fruit, seeming a lot like the Louis Michel cuvees I enjoy, similar to say their Butteaux. So, we'll chill it, give it some air and then see how it's received.
750ml; PnP; the transparent appearance takes me back....my 7th grade girlfriend's hair, the blondest of blond, bordering on white. I immediately sense honeysuckle flowers floating on calm seas, the flowers and salty air summoning me like a siren. I answer the call and my tongue is immediately succumbed to a shower of lemons, flowers, with thickness to the wine not envisioned by appearance. I am sensing long after the taste, the tartness lingering there seemingly forever. Try one now as you will enjoy, but wait...and you may be rewarded.
Agree with some of the other reviews below. Good fruit as it opens, but lacking a wow factor right now. A bit one dimensional - perhaps time will help. Peter Martin Ray was much mor complex and interesting.
Light colour...pale lemon Nose of pear, lemon custard, quince, guava and fresh pineapple...but still very restrained Palate very round.....lemon, minerals, guava, vanilla, custard, pineapple and quince. This is really great, but I think this just needs time to come together. Finish is medium + This is so young....I would give this some time.
Pale yellow color. Clear. Grapefruit, herbs, ginger on the nose. Medium tannins and bright acidity. Long finish, with flavors of lemon, chicken broth, a hint of vanilla, tiramisu. A great, great wine. Lots of elegance and class.
Feel this needs time to knit together and settle down a bit, the wine has plenty of character but seems to lack integration at this point, lots of lemon, lime and wet stone with some briny elements, acidity is on the higher side. At this point I prefer the Peter Martin ray site
Take a frozen lemon, and stick an ice cold knife through its center. Lick the steel. You have this wine. It's quite severe now, though it has good density, so it might round out a bit with some bottle age. For masochists only at this point - give me more...more...
Not particularly complex right now; it's a bit of a one-note wine with very pure, precise lemon fruit and faint stony accents, but it's very refreshing with a bright acid spine and a sense of lightness on the palate that makes this all too easy to drink.
Pale yellow. Nose of sea breeze. Mineral and lime with some iodine on the palate. Medium to long finish. I like this on the colder side. It was a little rich for me out of the cellar, but after time in the fridge it developed more crispness and delineation. Went very well with salmon and pasta dish.
This was my first Ceritas Chardonnay and was a nice experience. For me this wine changes the definition of California Chardonnay for the better. In fact, I would say that this was very similar in style to a good Chablis. It had flavors of lemon, lime, crushed rocks, cream, and some spices. Overall this was a very fresh and lively bottle. I am glad I have a couple more.
Sonoma County April 28; 5/27/2013-5/28/2013: Notes on the nose of lemon zest, creme fraiche, mineral, lees. Lots of earthiness on the palate with more lemon-creme, dried herb, and mineral. Richly structured with good acid. Long earthy citrus notes on the finish. Nice components, very Chablis-influenced, needs a few years to meld.
Yellow apple, fennel, lime, and tasting this next to the 2011 Heintz, I prefer that wine better, as this seems less nuanced and complex. Expresses more richness and riper tones. Probably splitting hairs I believe this is under 14% but the acid freak that I am, this just seemed to be a a bit broader texturally.