Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr Loosen Eroica Riesling Ice Wine Columbia Valley 2006

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Since 1999, Chateau Ste. Michelle has partnered with the famed German winemaker Ernst Loosen to produce Eroica, an ultra-premium off-dry Riesling, and Single Berry Select, a prized dessert wine. The partnership is dedicated to crafting extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes by joining Old World and New World philosophy and techniques. As part of the evolution of this inspired collaboration, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen are pleased to present this very special Eroica White Riesling Ice Wine. Grapes were picked and pressed immediately while still frozen, releasing only the sweet, concentrated juice, leaving the water, in the form of ice, behind. Under pressure the berries gave up juice that was highly concentrated in sugar and flavor, yielding less than one-half the normal juice volume and nearly double the sugar concentration of juice from other white grape varieties. The juice underwent a slow, cold eight week fermentation to preserve the rich, concentrated Riesling aromas and natural fruit character.

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Varietal: Riesling
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  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less
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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr Loosen Eroica Riesling Ice Wine Columbia Valley

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling 2006 Eroica Ice and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



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Chateau Ste. Michelle welcomed bitter cold temperatures on Oct. 31st by harvesting ice wine for only the fifth time in the winery’s 40-year history. (Ironically, the winery has picked ice wine grapes on October 31st for three out of the five years.) The Eroica Riesling Ice Wine is an exotic, luscious, ultra ripe wine with concentrated aromas and flavors of apricot and honey.”

Since 1999, Chateau Ste. Michelle has partnered with the famed German winemaker Ernst Loosen to produce Eroica, an ultra-premium off-dry Riesling, and Single Berry Select, a prized dessert wine. The partnership is dedicated to crafting extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes by joining Old World and New World philosophy and techniques. As part of the evolution of this inspired collaboration, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen are pleased to present this very special Eroica White Riesling Ice Wine. Grapes were picked and pressed immediately while still frozen, releasing only the sweet, concentrated juice, leaving the water, in the form of ice, behind. Under pressure the berries gave up juice that was highly concentrated in sugar and flavor, yielding less than one-half the normal juice volume and nearly double the sugar concentration of juice from other white grape varieties. The juice underwent a slow, cold eight week fermentation to preserve the rich, concentrated Riesling aromas and natural fruit character.

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530 Cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 261 grams per liter Total Acidity: 9 grams per liter

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