Center of Effort Wines

805 782 9463 2199 Corbett Canyon Road
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
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Our estate vineyard lies in the foothills of the western Edna Valley on California's Central Coast. Here, a rare confluence of lean sandy soils, reliable marine breezes, and nuanced exposures is destined to produce profound Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. There is nothing expedient in our winemaking approach. We embrace the detailed, labor-intensive methods that are required to produce the finest wines. Even then, only a handful of elite lots from each vintage are ultimately deemed worthy for designation under the Center of Effort label. The resulting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are, we believe, without parallel. They represent the intersection of caretaking, skill, and commitment - truly a "Center of Effort"

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