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This 93-point beauty is over 40% off for the next day. It's another delicious, perfect 10 splurge for your Christmas table.
Earlier this week we brought you a special Howell Mountain Cab splurge for your upcoming Christmas celebrations. Today, we've got another, more traditional pick for your holiday meals - Pinot Noir. Just like that deal, we gave this wine a Taste rating of 10 and we're offering it here today at a huge discount off the normal price.
This hand-harvested Pinot Noir comes from a mix of clones (23. 2A, Dijon 115, 667, 828, 777) all from the rocky and sandy soils of the Center of Effort estate vineyard along the south-facing slopes of the western Edna Valley. 15% whole cluster fermentation adds complexity to the final blend. The wine is aged in French oak (35% new, 35% second-fill, and 30% older) for 20 months.
This wine is truly a labor of love as witnessed by the winemaking process itself:
We aim to craft a Pinot Noir that is true to the vineyard, with a stylistic emphasis on structure, elegance, and complexity. We farm rigorously, on a vine by vine basis, and harvest in sequential passes over an extended period of time. All fruit is picked during the cool nighttime and early AM hours, to ensure that it arrives intact and cold to the crush pad for sorting and processing.
We allow the native yeast strains resident on the fruit and in the vineyard to initiate fermentation naturally and to contribute their own unique signature to the fruit. A multitude of small-lot fermentations are managed entirely by hand – resulting in a varied palette of individual wines from which to select our final blend. Exclusive use of free drained wine, a long gradual elevage in new and second-use French oak barrels and careful blending precedes an unfiltered bottling at approximately 20 months of age.
We can heartily attest that all of this focus in the vineyard and spare-no-expense approach to winemaking pays off in the bottle. Josh Raynolds at Vinous agrees scoring it 93 points. (Personally, I go a little higher at 94+.) If you'd like to give it a try yourself, now's the time with our giant discount.
The Center of Effort Edna Valley Estate Pinot Noir has an of SRP $55 and is typically only available from the winery. Just 2,040 6-pack cases were produced. (Note that this is not the same wine as the confusingly named Center of Effort "Effort" Pinot Noir which is much higher production and retails for much less.)
Through today's Insider deals you can get 2 bottles of the Center of Effort Edna Valley Estate Pinot Noir for $64.99, or $32.50 each. That's a discount of 41%!
Buy multiples and you save even more since you'll never pay more than $5 shipping, no matter how many 2-packs you buy.
This 2-pack deal is available to ship to the following states: 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 Sunday 11/14/2021 at midnight (PT) unless it sells out sooner. Shipping is a flat $5 per order no matter how many 2-packs you buy.
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From the winery:
The 2016 growing season produced wines of elegance and poise. Our flagship Center of Effort Pinot Noir draws strength from the diverse soils and vine selections of our estate vineyard. This vintage is perfumed and balanced, layering spice notes of star anise, clove, and nutmeg above a core of ripe red plums. The palate shows tension between rich fruit, black-tea, integrated French oak tones, and fine-grained tannins that will keep you returning for another taste. The v.2016 is particularly well-suited to mid-term cellaring under proper conditions.
Grown, Produced & Bottled by Center of Effort Winery
The 2016 Center of Effort Edna Valley Estate Pinot Noir opens with a beautiful aroma of plum and black cherry plus bay leaf and other herbal notes plus touches of flowers, licorice, tomato plant and much more. With wonderful complexity, there are lots of different nuances to discover as you sip and swirl.
All those same notes from the nose are also front and center in the mouth, wrapped up in a smooth, satisfying mouthfeel. This is absolutely lovely.
It ends dry, very long and a bit chewy with lingering juicy fruit and spice. Excellent.
If you are buying this for holiday celebrations this year, as we noted with the Howell Cab, I would let it rest at least 3-4 weeks after receiving it. (I do think there is something too the whole bottle shock effect from shipping and if you're spending this much you don't want to take any chances.) Then on the day you want to drink it, plan to open it several hours prior in order for it to be at its best.
2016 CENTER OF EFFORT EDNA VALLEY ESTATE PINOT NOIR
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Grab this deal while you can! It ends Sunday 11/14 at midnight Pacific.