This is Esterlina’s off-dry Riesling, and it’s as good in its semi-sweet way as a dry bottling. Shows the same brilliant acidity and delicious citrus, peach, wildflower and vanilla flavors, with a complex, honeyed richness.
If more Rieslings tasted like this, more consumers would buy them. As the label says, the wine is dry, but it’s so rich in citrus, peach, green apple, wildflower and vanilla flavors, it tastes sweetly honeyed. Crisp, bright acidity provides a zesty clean feeling.
Esterlina has made a lovely, dry and refreshing Rose here, using Pinot Noir grapes from their tiny appellation just outside of the Anderson Valley. With strawberry and watermelon and even a splash of pink lemonade going on, it’s not only beautiful in color, but has enough body to hold up to a range of foods, with spot-on acidity.
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.
From a producer with a generally good track record for off-dry Riesling comes this delightfully crisp, fruity wine. With a touch of white sugar in the background, it shows brisk flavors of limes, peaches, green apples and vanilla.
Frankly off-dry to semi-sweet, but with pronounced acidity to balance, this is a Spätlese-style Riesling. It’s rich in garden fruit and flower flavors, with a savory spiciness and a long, clean aftertaste.