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2018 Center of Effort ‘Effort’ Pinot Noir: Edna Valley, California


Tasting Notes

Native yeast and whole cluster fermentation provides an aromatic wine with savory and herbal notes with bold balanced fruit flavors. Effort was aged in neutral French oak barrels which allows the inherent complexity of the wine to really shine through. It's savory on the palate with notes of plum, cocoa, marjoram, and thyme. Complex, rich, and long on the finish. Truly a lovely wine that could easily sand the test of time nestled in your cellar. 

Winery Details

“Our winemaking philosophy at Center of Effort is to honor the natural character of the fruit while bringing an added dimension of artistry to the wine.

There is nothing expedient in our approach. We embrace the detailed, labor-intensive methods that are required to produce the finest wines. We make our wines in small handcrafted lots, always with a gentle touch, and frequently relying on experienced intuition to guide our decisions. For aging, we use only premium French oak barrels that are coopered to our precise specifications.

We also emphasize native fermentations, often favoring the vineyard’s natural yeasts over commercial yeasts. While native fermentations are more challenging, we believe them necessary to achieve the textural depth that is a hallmark of our wines.

Our winemaking operations are led by Mike Sinor and Nathan Carlson, both veteran Edna Valley winemakers with longtime personal connections to the estate.

Mike’s first wine industry job was at the Lawrence estate, now home to Center of Effort. Over the past 15 years, he has dedicated himself to the mastery of Burgundian varietals, earning some of our region’s highest ratings along the way. His continual quest for knowledge has taken him to France several times, where he gained immeasurable insights from some of Burgundy’s top producers. At Center of Effort, Mike guides the stylistic direction of our wines.

Nathan’s winemaking experience in the Edna Valley spans more than 12 years. He has also made Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County, Carneros, the Sonoma Coast and Oregon’s Dundee Hills. His work with wine industry technical leaders has forged close ties with winemakers around the world. At Center of Effort, Nathan oversees our winemaking operations and manages the estate.

Mike and Nathan became friends after frequently crossing paths in the Edna Valley. They now come full circle, back to our estate. Their expertise is instrumental in achieving the rigorous standards of quality and artistry that we demand in our wines.– Center of Effort

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Center of Effort

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Style: Red, dry

Origin: Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA

Vinification: Sustainable farming practices. The grapes are hand harvested then fermented whole cluster. Pressed and aged in French ak barrels for 11 months.

Aging: Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months, 30% new French oak barrels.

% ABV: 14.1%