Artistic Winemaking

Artistic Winemaking

To say that wine is made in the vineyard is telling only half the story. The finest wines exhibit a recognizable style, revealing the imprint of an artist.

Philosophy

Philosophy

Our winemaking philosophy at Center of Effort is to honor the natural character of the fruit while bringing an added dimension of artistry to the wine. There is nothing expedient in our approach. We embrace the detailed, labor-intensive methods that are required to produce the finest wines. We make our wines in small handcrafted lots, always with a gentle touch and frequently relying on intuition to guide our decisions. 

We emphasize native fermentations, favoring the vineyard’s natural yeasts over commercial yeasts. While native fermentations are more challenging, we believe them necessary to achieve the textural depth that is a hallmark of our wines. Once in barrel, our wines age for 24-30 months before bottling and then remain in bottle for an additional year before release. 

Winemaking

Winemaking

Our winemaking operations are led by Nathan Carlson, a veteran Edna Valley winemaker.  Nathan’s winemaking experience in the Edna Valley spans more than 15 years. He has also made Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County, Carneros, the Sonoma Coast and Oregon’s Dundee Hills. His work with wine industry technical leaders has forged close ties with winemakers around the world. His expertise is instrumental in achieving the rigorous standards of quality and artistry that we look for in our wines.

Nathan works along side a talented team of winemakers and vintners who bring their passion and expertise to producing wines from the quality, estate grown fruit of Center of Effort. 

Roxie Ward - Client Winemaker

Kevin Bargetto - Assistant Winemaker

Bryant Erno - Cellar Master

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