Center of Effort Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
Center of Effort Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012 Front Label

Center of Effort Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012

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750ML / 14.4% ABV
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750ML / 14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Center of Effort Chardonnay is fresh and pure, with the notes of sea-spray, meyer lemon zest and a flinty minerality which have become the aromatic signature of this Chardonnay. The palate reinforces the fresh character, with bright, precise acidity leading through almond and tangerine fruit. Hard-spice notes of cardamom pod and nutmeg persist into the long, rich finish. Delicious today, but built to age gracefully under proper cellar conditions well into the future.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
This phenomenal bottling from the winemaking team of Mike Sinor and Nathan Carlson hits the nose with a judicious touch of vanilla-laced buttercream as well as scorched lemon slices and orange peels. It’s playfully lithe on the palate, with just a touch of oak warmth, racy acidity, chalky grip and a faint hint of dill. It’s great for now, but will age with nutty style thanks to the balancing tensions.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In the same ballpark, the 2012 Chardonnay is a rich, soft and textured white that has classic white peach, citrus blossom, brioche and plenty of toasty notes to go with a medium-bodied, clean and forward feel. Drink it over the coming year or two.
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Center of Effort, California
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From their estate vineyard and winery located in the cool foothills of the Edna Valley, Rob Rossi and Bill Swanson join together with winemaker Nathan Carlson and the farming wisdom of the Talley family, to craft this impressive line up of wines. Sustainably farmed, the vines enjoy thedelicate balance of a cool climate and lean soils, producing wineswith a unique sense of character and place. Originally planted in1978, the vineyard has been given new life under their ownership and we expect to add to the strength of wines from this region.
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California’s coolest wine growing area, Edna Valley excels in the production of high quality Central Coast wines like Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Rhône Blends and aromatic white wines. It has a cool Mediterranean climate and an incredibly long growing season, giving late-ripening varieties plenty of opportunity to develop great phenolic complexity.

Its northwest to southeast orientation creates a direct path for cool Pacific air and fog to penetrate the valley from the Los Osos and Morro Bay area inwards. Low hillsides of both calcareous and volcanic soils are home to much of the vineyard acreage of the Edna Valley.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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