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The 92-point Center of Effort Chardonnay is XX% off for the next day.
I gotta say right off the bat, I was blown away by this one. Made more in the Burgundian style, this is definitely a contender for the one of best California Chardonnay I've ever tasted.
Of course that shouldn't come as any surprise given the small lot, no rush, spare no expense winemaking approach by the Center of Effort team. Just check out this tidbit from the winery:
"Native yeast were allowed their own rhythm and pace - active fermentation required nearly 10 months in barrel to complete, followed by an additional year of sur-lies aging prior to blending and bottling."
The big brother to the Effort Chardonnay we previously offered and that many of you had a chance to enjoy, this estate wine received 92 points from Josh Raynolds at Vinous, who gave it a drinking window of 2021-2025 (I agree).
It has an SRP of $35 and is currently only available from the winery, but as usual through today's winery direct offer you won't pay anywhere near that price!
Our 1 Day INSIDER DEAL gets you 3 bottles of the 2016 Center of Effort Chardonnay for $XX.XX, or just $XX.XX a bottle. That's a discount of $XX.XX a bottle (XX%).
This 3-Pack ships to: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IA, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV and WY. (These states are dependent on the individual licenses of the offering winery. Future deals may have more or less states available.)
This is a limited time, winery direct offer facilitated by our friends at Wine Country Connect. Sale ends Tuesday 9/7/2021 at noon (PT) unless it sells out sooner. Summer shipping is a flat $10 per order no matter how many 3-packs you buy.
Clicking on the buy button above will take you to the site winedealmaker.com for checkout. If you don't see the embedded buy box click here to order. Once there you can also adjust the quantity of 3-packs in your order by using the "Click To Update Cart" link at the top of the screen. If you have more questions or any trouble ordering please check out our FAQ.
The 2016 Center of Effort Chardonnay is all Clone 5 from blocks 171, 103 and 141 of the Center of Effort estate vineyard. The wine was fermented and aged in a combination of new and once used French oak barrels, concrete tanks (19%) and even a small amount (2%) in acacia barrels to add nuance to the final blend.
100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Just 1,822 6-bottle cases (911 full cases) were produced.
From the winery:
Elegant and understated, with aromas of Meyer lemon zest, wet stone and a suggestion of white truffle. Quince, tangerine, and raw almond on the palate, with spice tones of nutmeg and clove on the long finish. Beautiful balance and energy, this is a wine for lovers of white Burgundy wines, and will reward proper mid-term cellaring.
Only the finest Chardonnay sub-blocks of the vintage were identified and designated for Center of Effort. These vines were handpicked at varying stages of maturation under the direction of the winemaking team to develop a natural tapestry of flavor, texture and acidity.
Grown, Produced & Bottled by Center of Effort Winery
The 2016 Center of Effort Edna Valley Chardonnay opens with a strong and very enticing aroma filled with lots of lovely lemon plus more citrus and peach. You'll also find a wonderful nutmeg note and touches of tropical fruit and flowers.
The wine tastes fantastic. Lively and delicious in the mouth, this Chardonnay has great depth of flavor. Those flavors are similar to the nose and combine harmoniously in the mouth along with touches of honey. All of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation but there are almost no buttery notes to be found.
It ends with a dry, very satisfying and very long-lasting finish that even has some nice minerality to it. As I said above this is one of the very best California Chardonnay I've ever tasted. Made more in the Burgundian style than what you typically find in California, this is amazingly delicious.
2016 CENTER OF EFFORT CHARDONNAY
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Grab this deal today! It ends Tuesday 9/7 at noon Pacific.