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

The wine’s mesmerizing aromas range from citrus to hazelnut, white mushroom, and wet rocks...

Photo by Cordero studios/corderostudios.com; Styling: Alicia Buszczak

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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