Ceritas, Pinot Noir 'Hellenthal 'Old Shop Block Vineyard' Monopole 2018Regular price $80.00 Save $-80.00
Variety: Pinot Noir; own rooted Calera Clone
John and Phoebe Raytek have come into their own in northern California. The family keeps busy amidst their many responsibilities. Though they do not own any vineyards, Phoebe, as the Ceritas farmer, still spends much of her time at their many sites, some of them monopole vineyards, and forming relationships with the growers who own them. There is an immense focus on organic and sustainable farming methods. John is the winemaker of Ceritas, spending much of his time in the cellar and in the vineyards. The couple prides themselves as students, and the vineyards their teachers; it is their job to listen and learn from each site. They believe, “it is more important to know what not to do, than what to do,” effectively summarizing the belief of allowing the wine to speak for itself. The grapes are sourced from the Santa Cruz Mountains and West Sonoma Coast for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Gard Hellenthal planted the original vines at this site. Gard and David Hirsch secured this site together where it was found just to the east of Hirsch Vineyards. Two different plantings went to this vineyard, one of them bearing the name “Old Shop Block.” Ceritas is the only winery who uses the fruit from this site and it is also the only vineyard that’s own-rooted. This proves significant because Ceritas has an inclusive relationship with the fruit start to finish. Cellar work is kept to a bare minimum.