94 Insider Points
The 2010 Anderson Valley Reserva Pinot from Esterlina is holding up very well after a few years in the bottle. Fresh red fruit, bramble and tobacco waft from the glass, with deep and ripe cherry dominating the well balanced palate. The Juicy acidity works well with the drying but well integrated tannin, and the wine has the necessary structure to last another 5+ years in your cellar. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Oct 2016
Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California
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A Pinot Noir to remember. But first you have to get your hands on it! Known for their award-winning selections, the Esterlina label is not always easy to find due to its limited production and loyal imbibers who make sure to cellar their bottles upon release.
The 2010 Reserve is oh-so-easy to love. Light reddish-purple in the glass, the nose delights with fresh aromas of brown-sugared, ripe red berries. Delicate on the palate, but discernably present on the long finish. Delicious over time in the glass delivering supple tannins, juicy flavors of red and blue berries with subtle hints of baking spice and oak.
Pure enjoyment in one of our top vintage and varietal picks from a winery which passes along handcrafted heart in each and every bottle.
Reasons why we love it:
Sourced from Anderson Valley. Do we need to say more? If you are unfamiliar with the AVA, the North Coast Mendocino County beauty is home to some of the most prestigious Pinot Noir vines. You won’t find large productions working in the area, but rather a focused quality that puts Anderson Valley into one of the top Pinot Noir regions in North America.
What else is intriguing is this vintage was sourced and produced by one of the few African-American families in the wine industry. Stephen Sterling was quoted in a Wine Enthusiast article: “African-Americans are intrigued to find there are African-American producers and growers out there, especially when we account for only 1% of America’s wine production. Once consumers only knew the megabrands that could afford mass marketing, but since the Supreme Court ruling made it easier to ship nationwide, awareness of small brands like ours is improving.”
If you haven’t noticed, we pride ourselves on bringing you - Our Fabulous Members - the best wine deals around. And this one knocks even our wine-loving socks off. At 62% off, it makes any Pinotphile want to keep on wine-ing through the week! Not to mention, this beautiful boutique winery sold this summer and this may just be your last chance to enjoy this enticing Pinot Noir.
Aromas of rose petals and cinnamon stick with caramelized brown sugar pair wonderfully as the palate displays an integrated balance of cherry and golden raspberry, accented with notes of baking spice on its seamless finish.
Esterlina Vineyards is a family-owned, California winery.
We produce a variety of exceptional fine wines in limited quantities from grapes grown primarily in our family's own vineyards. We produce wines from our vineyards in three different appellations. In fact, Esterlina owns the only vineyard in the Cole Ranch Appellation, which is America's smallest American Viticultural Area (AVA).
Esterlina wines are handcrafted -- there is no assembly line manufacturing case after case. Our family grows the grapes, makes the wine, and bottles each varietal we offer.
While the wine conglomerates offer similar varietals, few wineries make their wines the way we do: bottle by bottle. From our world-class, award-winning Pinot Noirs, to our sought after Cabernet Sauvignon, wine enthusiasts love Esterlina wines. Our family's wines have been served at the White House on several occasions, and we hope you'll serve them at your house on special occasions - or any occasion. Come see us and enjoy a great wine tasting experience with stunning views of the Dry Creek Valley.
Lively acidity on the finish makes it an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and fowl or barbecued meats.