Center of Effort Wines

Owner(s) Rob Rossi, Bill Swanson
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"Center of Effort" is a sailing term used to describe the point on the sail that represents the focus of the wind's energy. The center of effort describes an ideal point of balance and power and thus an appropriate name for Pinot Noir.

Proprietors and sailing enthusiasts Rob Rossi and Bill Swanson produce estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (beginning in 2008) from an estate in Edna Valley that dates back to 1978, when it is was established by vintner Jim Lawrence. The vineyard is farmed by the Talley family with Mike Sinor and Nathan Carlson directing the winemaking.

The estate vineyard is located in the western Edna Valley, 4.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Soils are rocky and sandy, unlike the thicker clay soils found in most areas of Edna Valley. The soils limit vigor and allow vines to achieve natural balance.

The wines are sold through the website online store. Labels say simply, "Effort."

Reviewed Wines

2009 Center of Effort Rossa Corsa Edna Valley Pinot Noir

$N/A. Clones 115 and 23. 100% whole cluster. Aged 19 months in once-filled French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Deep, dark purple color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry jam and brioche. Very soft, even mushy on the palate, with very ripe flavors of plums, blackberries, currants and raisins. Finishes with a little heat. Decent. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »