92 Insider Points
The 2013 Dry Riesling from Esterlina is all estate fruit and very well made. The grapes are grown in the Cole Ranch Vineyard, in the AVA that shares the same name. I found a dry palate with firm texture and a powerful acidity, exactly the way Riesling should be, with apple blossom, lemon honey and a hint of petrol on the nose. A classic wine made in a classic style, but very approachable as well. Enjoy now through 2022. - DZ July 2016
Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
America’s smallest AVA brings us another sensational knockout! We simply can’t get enough of Cole Ranch and this Dry Riesling is something special. Did someone ask for an abundance of mineral? Floral-honey aromas? It’s truly a California Riesling rediscovered as it exemplifies why so many of us believe this varietal is one of the world’s finest white wine grapes.
If you’re not already a loyal Riesling fan, this vintage will turn you into one. No overly sweet top notes are found in this bottle. Just particularly luscious hints of citrus and bright acidity to make you smile. It’s quite different from the vineyard’s neighboring regions making its premium grapes highly sought after for decades.
Reasons why we love it
The tiny AVA produces tiny amounts of wine. But not just any wine, really, really great wine! We’re talking only 150 to 250 total tons of grapes per year where quality is the only thing that matters. These miraculous premium vintages come out of one of the hardest vineyards to tend to: "It's definitely, far and away, the hardest vineyard we have to farm. Most people in this industry thought this ranch was too much of a pain to deal with." - Eric Sterling, Esterlina's winemaker.
We are thrilled the Sterling’s decided to take on the cold nights, late harvests and frugal yields for over one and a half decades. They cherished the history of the beloved Rieslings that made their way onto Cole Ranch in the 1970s, planted by John Cole himself. The Sterling’s kept about 30 acres of the original vines in production including almost all of the Riesling. The result is a current vintage that is silky and rare with the vitality of German or Alsatian Rieslings.
“The wines are remarkably delicate, yet earthy, with bright fruit flavors. Almost every year, Cole Ranch Rieslings have an electric edge.” - SF Gate. We agree as we we dote on this lively and pleasing summer sipper. There’s so much love in this bottle, and yet there won’t be much to go around. Not only is it limited production, but Esterlina was very recently sold leaving us unsure if another favorite charmer will be available from Cole Ranch anytime soon.
Light in color and subtle in aromatics, Esterlina’s Riesling is just slightly sweet in a tropical kind of way, but lightly and delicately so. Overall, very balanced, crisp and perfumed, this is an elegant wisp of a wine.
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.
Uncork alongside Spicy Grilled BBQ Pork Chops, Curries or even risotto.