90 Insider Points
The 2009 Dry Riesling from Esterlina is all estate fruit and drinking surprisingly well for being 7 years in the bottle. 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 2018. - DZ Feb 2017
Cole Ranch AVA, California
America’s smallest AVA brings us another sensational knockout! 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.
luscious pear,peach and apple aromasretain the crisp sweet-tartquality of ripeningfruit just before harvest.On the palate, the medium-bodied wine is refreshing and juicy,with zippy acidity balancing bright flavors of pear, apricot,mango and lime. The lush attack is followed by a long finishthat is simultaneously sweet and tart, dry and mouth-watering.
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.
Think spice. Strong Indian and Asian spices are a perfect match with our Dry Riesling. The wine also pairs well with crab, shellfish, sushi and seared Ahi tuna. Our favorite match is on a porch swing or sipping by the pool.