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WINE REVIEW: Center of Effort Library Wines

by Andrew Chalk

Last June, I discussed the wholesale transformation at Center of Effort wines in Edna Valley, near San Luis Obispo, under Bill and Cheryl Swanson after they purchased it in 2008. The wineaking came under Nathan Carlson in 2010 and a tasting of their current wines showed the progress they had made,

The winery was kind enough to send me some of their library wines recently and it gave me a chance to see how the wines age. The notes below can be summarized by saying that Center of Effort wines, both red and white, are age worthy.


2012 Chardonnay, Edna Valley, CA

Appearance: Medium gold;

Nose: French oak vanilla, pineapple,

Palate: Chewy backbone, pineapple;e fruit is round and tempered by age. Oak underpinnings.

Proof that CofE’s chardonnays age;

2014 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, CA

Appearance: Opaque ruby;

Nose: Tight French oak, savory raspberry fruit, licorice, sage;

Palate: Long-lasting raspberry flavors. Medium plus acid keeps it lively. Soft tannins. A totally resolved, very well made pinot noir. Ready to drink now.


Winemaker Nathan Carlson
Winemaker Nathan Carlson



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