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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown|
The small team at Ceritas is led by the husband and wife duo of John and Phoebe Raytek; they seek to allow their vineyards to be their teachers. John is the winemaker and Phoebe is the farmer; not owning their own vineyards has given them a vested interest in finding what they believe to be the most varietally expressive sites in the North Coast, with a commitment to organic and sustainable farming methods. They favor minimal intervention in the cellar, but are not dogmatic about it. They describe the site for this wine: "Elliot Vineyard is tucked between Hellenthal Vineyards and the easternmost boundary of the Hirsch Vineyard. We were drawn to this site, planted in 1981 to the Mt. Eden clone of Pinot Noir, partly because of its unique perch, but primarily because its soils offer exactly what we look for in a Pinot vineyard. With slightly less clay than at neighboring Hellenthal vineyard, these shale soils are intermixed with decomposed marine sediments. No soil amendments are added, enabling the soil to impart its pure influence upon the vines." Elegant as always, but well-structured; drinking well now, but will develop and open even more in the next few years. Organically grown.