Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine Type White - Still
Vineyard Nestled high in the hills at 1,800 feet, above the town of Saratoga, lays Peter Martin Ray vineyard, Ceritas' highest site. One of two sites they farm in the Santa Cruz mountains. This vineyard is steeped in history dating back to 1943, when stockbroker-turned-winemaker Martin Ray planted the original Chardonnay vines. It was a brave venture to plant in such meager Franciscan shale soils without any measurable topsoil. When Martin Ray’s son, Peter Martin Ray, took over the farming of this site, he replanted to the Mt. Eden clone of Chardonnay in the early 1980s.
Soil Schist, fractured shale and clay. Very little topsoil.
Viticulture Old Wente close, AXR clone. Raw farmed with minimal manmade input; the vines are constantly seeking water, nutrients and sustenance from deep in the hillside. Characterized by small berries on tiny clusters, this fruit yields wine that is distinctive for its salty, mineral palate, persistent flavors and lingering finish.
Vinification Whole cluster crushed and pressed, juice pumped into tank and allowed juice to settle before being barreled down. Racked into neutral barrels. Fermentation happens in barrel in a room of 65-70 to entice natural fermentation and then moved to cellar, around 50 degrees, to allow slow fermentation. 11 month in neutral barrels, Malolactic finishes. Racked into stainless steel, elevage 5-6 months before bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Aging 11 months in neutral barrel. 5-6 months in stainless steel stank.
Notes "Sexy musky aromas of yellow peach and ginger. Silky and intense in the mouth, with peach pit and spice flavors framed by ripe acidity. Lemon and white flowers on the palate with a hint of flint. Wiry, tense finish with much energy in reserve." - John Raytek
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