2009 Center Of Effort Effort Pinot Noir
"Aromatically pure Pinot Noir, showing a balance of ripe raspberry and earthy/spicy notes. Palate-feel belies the use of traditional whole-cluster fermentation, with a fine-grained tannin texture acting as a backdrop to ripe black fruit flavors. Complex and long - will evolve in the glass over the course of an evening."
"Effort is the companion label to our limited-edition Center of Effort wines. Each lot of the vintage is crafted in accordance with our vigilant standards of quality, all competing for the crown. However, only a handful of elite lots are ultimately designated for Center of Effort. What remains is our best EFFORT of the vintage. Stylistically, Effort wines exhibit a more approachable, fruit-forward style, bringing diversity and dimension to our portfolio."
"There is nothing expedient in our winemaking approach. We embrace the detailed, labor-intensive methods that are required to produce the finest wines. Even then, only a handful of elite lots from each vintage are ultimately deemed worthy for designation under the 'Center of Effort' label. The resulting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are, we believe, without parallel. They represent the intersection of caretaking, skill, and commitment - truly a 'Center of Effort'"- Winery
"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." - Winery