2014 Center of Effort "Effort" Edna Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1276349 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Aged in oak, acacia and concrete, this is a tremendous example of a racy style done well. Aromas of crushed chalk, lightly braised apricot and slivers of cashew are seamlessly woven together, leading into a sip that shows brightness, fine-tuned acidity and structural grip. Rounded pear flavors and lime squeezed on nectarine ensure that it doesn't dive into sourness. (MK)  (10/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A terrific wine, as well as a great value, the 2014 Chardonnay Effort (100% Chardonnay, fermented and aged in French oak and concrete) offers rich, full-flavored notes of buttered peaches, honeysuckle, toasted bread and a touch of white flowers in a medium to full-bodied, textured and layered style. This is a beautiful Edna Valley Chardonnay that will drink nicely for 3-5 years. Located in Edna Valley, Center of Effort is run by Rob Rossi and Bill Swanson, with the wines made by Mike Sinor. The entry level efforts are well priced and deliver good character, and the top wines are noteworthy, and in some cases, outstanding. (JD)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 Center of Effort EV Chardonnay is one of a few show-stoppers that I have tried recently. I've tasted it twice now (in line-ups of other domestic Chardonnays in the $10 to $30 range) and have been astounded by the purity and fruit quality of the wine. Without knowing otherwise, I'd price the bottle at upwards of thirty or forty bucks, but it costs less than twenty! This wine is a rock star within a wildly impacted and competitive category. My suggestion: come grab a few before they're gone.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4