Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains, California 2018
For John Raytek, winemaker and co-owner of Ceritas wines, most of the important work happens in the vineyards, his job is to simply let every vineyard express itself. Phoebe Raytek, farmer and co-owner, is deeply rooted in the winemaking world. Daughter of Sue and Dirck from Porter Bass. Needless to say this husband and wife team along with their grower partners are making beautiful and yet powerful wines with true expression of Santa Cruz terroir. This is a historic vineyard dating back to 1920's. Hard shale with very little topsoil, the vines at Peter Martin Ray struggle to find water giving this chardonnay it's persistent and structural flavors.
Pairing: Great for those Iberian inspired nights. Anything from Paella to Bacallao on saffron broth or charred sardines.
Soil: Hard shale