The 2016 Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray Vineyard is wonderfully nuanced from start to finish. Apricot, smoke, slate, ash, graphite and orange blossom give the wine a decidedly exotic feel. A whole range of earthy, mineral mountain notes develop in the glass. The 2016 is at once texturally rich and also quite vivid, an appealing combination to say the least. This is a terrific debut vintage for this Chardonnay from the Santa Cruz Mountains site that also informs the Ceritas’ Cabernet Sauvignon.