Ceritas - Pinot Noir Elliot Vineyard 2021 (750ml)


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Producer Ceritas
Country United States
Region California
Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2021
Sku 1705854
Size 750ml

Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points

The 2021 Pinot Noir Elliott is packed with layered aromas of gravelly mineral earth framboise and wild herbs. Profound and balanced with outstanding structure and gripping ripe tannins it reveals notes of crunchy cherry fresh earth and a refined elegant perfume on the finish. It continuously evolves in the glass and is an absolutely stunning and singular wine. Drink 2025-2045.Helmed by founder John Raytek Ceritas was established with their first vintage in 2005. Today 14 wines are produced from Chardonnay Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon all from dry-farmed historical sites poised to channel the style the team wants to create. Each of the sites is farmed organically or biodynamically. Initially focusing solely on what is now the West Sonoma Coast in 2011 they expanded their reach to the Santa Cruz Mountains and most recently to Moon Mountain and Napa. In 2015 they moved into a new barrel room in Healdsburg where they operate today. Having no investors or partners in the project allowed John and his team to experiment and only bottle wines they wished to produce. From a winemaking perspective they strive for minimal intervention in the cellar. Their oak selections are sourced from two coopers and utilize a light toast from selections with a tight grain. The wines express a pure focused style that will appeal to those who seek tension and precision. Recent news from the estate includes the acquisition of key Chardonnay holdings in the Willamette Valley of Oregon which I eagerly anticipate. Additionally the public can now visit the winery in the heart of Healdsburg for tastings by appointment via their website. (Drink between 2025-2045)

Vinous: 97 Points

The 2021 Pinot Noir Elliott is another tremendous wine in this range. Dark and sumptuous the 2021 saturates the palate with intense dark [berries]. This is an especially generous style for the West Sonoma Coast but that is not a bad thing. There's tremendous presence and stature here. (Drink between 2025-2033)