August 29, 2014
Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate recently reviewed wines from our region including fiveof our Center of Effort Wines. They were very well liked; he finished by stating, "These wines are solid across the board."
August 15, 2014
92pts. - Center of Effort Wines, Pinot Noir Edna Valley Estate 2011; $45 Deep ruby color; deep, berry/cherry aromas with spice and vanilla notes; complex, ripe cherry flavors with spice and oak notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Forward, deep Pinot with great texture.
August 1, 2014
91 pts. - Center of Effort 2011 Chardonnay (Edna Valley); $30 This wine hails from an estate that dates back to 1978, but was more recently purchased by San Luis Obispo developer Rob Rossi and Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson. They assembled a 'dream team' of grower Kevin Wilkinson (of Tally Vineyards and Coastal Vineyard Services) and winemakers Mike Sinor and Nathan Carlson. The wine boasts a lifting nose of cream, hazelnut and baked apples, then dances across the palate with lemon-zest and flint flavors. -MK
May 1, 2013
90 pts. - Center of Effort 2010 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley); $40 A big strong Pinot with pure, focused flavors of raaspberry cream, cherry cobbler, and plenty of oak. Edna Valley is an integral part of the package. What it lacks in subtle complexity, it is more than makes up for in sheet power. -SH
July 1, 2011
95 pts WE - Center of Effort 2008 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley); $40 One of the best Edna Valley Pinot Noirs ever. This region normally produces Pinots with crisp acidity and fine varietal character, and so it is here, with its cherry, black raspberry, red currant, and sandalwood flavors. But there's extra depth and complexity, with a wildly exotic, spicy edge, that lift the wine into greatness. Right up there with the best of coastal California. Hard to tell where it's going, but give it a good decant before serving. Editor's Choice. -SH