John Rayteck the proprietor of Ceritas Wines and Winemaker at Lioco, formally connected to Rhys and Copain is on fire. Doesn’t hurt that his wife (Phoebe Porter Bass) who’s legacy precedes herself in her named winery lends a hand to create, maybe the #1 Sonoma coast power couple. 4 wines from Raytek landed this week at Wolfe’s and are in very short supply.
Ceritas Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2011– Complex aromas and flavors of Mirabelle plum, yellow apple, anise, mint, crystallized lemon and saline minerality. Well balanced palate with smoothe texture, vibrant acidity and a very long finish.
Ceritas Costalina Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011– Very bright and nuanced nose featuring blood orange, cranberry, earth, baking spices and violet. Intense, complex and very long on the palate without heaviness, supported by great acidity and very fine tannins.
Lioco Klindt Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2011– Bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas and flavors of fresh red berries, floral pastilles and spicecake, with a hint of blood orange coming up with air. Tangy, sharply focused and pure, with strong back-end thrust and a firm spine of acidity adding structure. Closes sweet and very long, with resonating spiciness and silky, harmonious tannins. Very suave and balanced, with great upfront appeal.
Lioco Hirsch Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2011– (made with 25% whole clusters): Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and floral-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry, with a bright mineral note adding energy. Stains the palate with tangy red fruit flavors and picks up a smoky quality with aeration. Lively and focused on the finish, which features Asian spice and rose pastille.