92 Insider Points


The 2013 Cole Ranch Riesling from Esterlina is delicious and drinking very well right now.  Crab apple, lemon meringue and a hint of petrol waft from the glass, leading to a brisk and off dry palate with tropical peach and a zippy acidity.  Our top Riesling pick this year, this wine is guaranteed crowd pleaser.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Aug 2016

    Cole Ranch, California
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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.


This Off-Dry Riesling has exotic tropical and citrus fruit flavors. Elegantly balanced by crisp acidity, finishing clean. 


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.


Pair with mild cheese, spicy food, such as Thai or Mexican dishes featuring chicken, or pork, shrimp or scallops or even grilled or smoked sausages.