Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Domestic White Wines: Ceritas 2013 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Ceritas is one of the most highly allocated wineries in California. With roughly 2,000 cases produced each year, supply can never meet demand, which results in a long waiting list to receive a tiny allocation. This celebrated Chardonnay is from the Charles Heintz vineyard, which was planted in 1980. These old vines produce an extraordinary wine with immense concentration of fruit and a distinct sense of place.

  • John Raytek, a former sommelier, is known for his terroir–driven style and individually distinct single–vineyard wines.
  • The wine’s mesmerizing aromas range from stone fruit and citrus to hazelnut, white mushroom, and wet rocks.
  • The wine has the texture, intensity, minerality, and aromatics of a top white Burgundy.
  • Only Ceritas and Littorai source fruit from the organic portion of the Charles Heintz vineyard. 

Ceritas Wines, ceritaswines.com ($75)

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