92 Insider Points
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
All Chocolate On Deck. My cocoa of choice was a vanilla chai milk chocolate blend, and boy did it work wonders with this yummy fall dessert wine. A spicy pomegranate bouquet immediately fuses with the chocolate aromas. It comes full-fusion on the palate, with plum & fig jam, orange zest, cinnamon apple and a port-like quality. Medium-full bodied, and a good balance of acidity and big fruit. A long, fruity finish with a fading spice makes this a beautiful treat after the big family dinner. 92 Points - JZ September '17
"Classic Dry Creek Zin. There's a reason this warmish Sonoma region is so famous for Zinfandel, and here it is. The wine is strong and spicy and tannic, with profuse wild berry, pine cone, red currant, cherry liqueur and cola flavors, made piquant with Indian spices. Despite its exuberance, it's dry and balanced. Just lovely if you're in the mood for Zinfandel." - Wine Enthusiast
Nothing says "warm fuzzies" quite like a rich, unctuously layered late harvest Zin. This Dry Creek Valley gem offers all the full flavors of Zinfandel with the added seriousness of a softly sweet palate.
Concentrated, full-bodied, and inviting; you're sure to love this bastion of evening sippers every bit as much as we do. Enjoy it with friends, around a gently burning camp fire, and with stories of good times.
Why we love it:
- Esterlina and Everett Ridge Vineyards: two California wineries and one family with an undying devotion to winemaking. "The wines have been served at the White House on more than one occasion and can be found in restaurants like Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio in Las Vegas," writes the Wall Street Journal.
- Well, not any more. Until just over a month ago, Esterlina along with the Everett Ridge Winery outside of Healdsburg were under the auspices of four brothers in the Sterling clan, a group of dedicated vintners and the sons of visionary Murio Sterling. Over the last 15+ years, the Sterlings have dedicated themselves to the art of estate-grown winemaking, they were also one of the country's only African American-owned estates.
- At Esterlina, the Sterling family made history--they also made incredible cult wines from estate vineyards in California's most cherished appellations. Esterlina sourced their wines from a range of California's American Viticultural Areas, including the smallest AVA in the country: Cole Ranch. In fact, the Sterlings purchased the entire Cole Ranch appellation, making this AVA America's only true monopole! As the winery established itself, the points came rolling in. The first release of Esterlina's Cole Ranch Pinot Noir earned a 94-point score from the Wine Spectator. The first two Esterlina entries into the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (an Anderson Valley Pinot and an estate-grown Riesling) both took home gold.
- Esterlina and Everett Ridge were sold in June 2016--leaving the last vintages from this historic estate in flux. Fans of Esterlina (and there are MANY) are sorry to see the Sterlings go. Fortunately our Members now have an incredible and incredibly exclusive opportunity to drink the last of the Sterling family's releases, offered only here and only while supplies of these unique, family-made beauties last.
Classic late harvest zin, it's rich and sweet, with baked plums and baking spices on a sweet cedar backbone.
*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.
Everett Wise built the winery in 1887, with a barn of hand-hewn redwood beams (a replica of it stands today after renovation in the 1990s). In 2006, Murio and Doris Sterling purchased the property and updated its facilities. The Sterlings, originally cattle ranchers and grape growers during the 1960s in the Central Valley, now own Esterlina Vineyards & Winery in Anderson Valley and the Cole Ranch appellation in Ukiah. The winemaker is their son Dr. Eric Sterling, a Renaissance man who practices emergency medicine at a Santa Rosa hospital. Other Sterling sons include Chris (vineyard management), Stephen (marketing) and Craig (operations).
Blue cheese, a baguette, and a cool starry night.