94 Insider Points
The Reserva Pinot Noir from Esterlina is superb wine, and the extra few years on the 2011 have only helped bring out the nuance and elegance of this estate grown fruit. Umami and cola show on the ripe and complex nose, with red cherry and plum compote supporting. A berry medley develops on the palate, blending with soft tannin and a delicate but steady acidity that lasts through the lengthy finish. A great wine that deserves a leading role at your dinner table. Enjoy now through 2019. - DZ July 2016
Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
Good things come in small packages. At just 150 acres, award-winning Esterlina Vineyards cultivates its premium grapes in North America’s smallest officially designated wine region. Despite its size, this Anderson Valley AVA known as Cole Ranch is highly regarded for its earthy Pinots. Early-ripening varietals, like Pinot Noir, thrive in Anderson Valley, in Northern California’s cool-climate Mendocino county, and we think that the 2011 Esterlina Pinot Noir exhibits exceptional delicacy and elegance granted by the appellation’s climate.
The 2011 Esterlina Vineyard Pinot Noir shows Anderson Valley fruit character with a particular grace and elegance along with intense aromatic expression, attributable to a long, cool growing season. This Pinot exemplifies the grape’s elusive charm with with brilliant flavors of ripe, tart cranberries, cherries and cola with an alluring edge of leather and mushrooms with bright acidity.
Our timing couldn’t be better in releasing the 2011 Esterlina Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, if we do say so ourselves, as it’s just ripe for drinking now through 2020.
Things to Know:
Esterlina is a tight-knit family operation under the direction of father Murio and his sons. After years of growing grapes on their property in Anderson Valley and enjoying being home winemakers, they started their own boutique winery, Esterlina. It is the largest African-American-owned family winery in the nation.
Touting their award-winning wines for being served on several occasions at The White House, we think you’ll equally enjoy this Pinot Noir at your house.
The 2011 Pinot Noir is a full expression of Anderson Valley terroir. Splendid aromas of pomegranate, bing cherry, orange, sweet herbs, and vanilla can be found with every swirl and sniff. On the palate the wine is round and plush with a fresh acidity to carry the fruit and add length to the 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.
This is an exceptional wine with food and will pair beautifully with a charcuterie plate, pan seared duck breast, wild mushroom risotto, or grilled swordfish