Ceritas ‘Trout Gulch’ 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 Sonoma's terroir. Cerita's southernmost vineyard with sandy soils and close proximity to the ocean. Trout Gulch vineyard has a cooler climate compared to other parts of Sonoma allowing the oceanic acidity and bracing minerality come through in this beautiful Chardonnay.
Pairing: Raw scallops on a citrus dressing and barely cooked tuna on a slightly nutty sauce.