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Dee Vine Wines USD 200.00 750ml

Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2000

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Named after Beethoven's masterpiece, the winemaking partnership between famed Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoyed a standing ovation at the August 2000 debut of the 1999 vintage. There was an overabundance of fine, sunny weather that continued nearly uninterrupted throughout the growing season, giving us more hours of sunshine than Germany has probably ever seen before. Bud break came very early, followed by a nearly perfect flowering, which developed quite quickly and uniformly throughout all our vineyards. The early-starting growing season and exceptionally hot summer produced ripeness levels that were above average with lower acidity levels. The wines from Pfalz show beautiful fruit and structure. Cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks was used to preserve the freshness of Saint M Riesling. Ernst believes in gentle cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling. The quest for freshness is evident in Dr. Loosen's choice of the Stelvin screwcap for the bottle's closure. As Riesling specialists, the Dr. Loosen estate is especially sensitive to the issue of cork taint. After conducting trials at his estate for several years and considering numerous alternatives, Ernst found the Stelvin screwcap to be an ideal closure for early-drinking Rieslings. The Stelvin closure is known for preserving Riesling's fresh, lively character.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  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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Snooth User: xanthan
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4.50 5
11/14/2007

I'm quite fond of this Riesling. This particular vintage is expensive, but many other vintages are far more reasonably priced. This wine is light, bright, tangy. When serving it a dinner party, guests found delicate hints of green apple and lime flavors very appealing. For those not familiar with the wine maker, Ernst Loosen (it's pronounced Low-zen) is a the dean of German Rieslings, a notably eccentric and celebrated wine maker and it is a coup for Château Ste. Michelle to partner with him to make exceptionally good wine.


Snooth User: jaypday
4110031
4.00 5
07/06/2008

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Named after Beethoven's masterpiece, the winemaking partnership between famed Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoyed a standing ovation at the August 2000 debut of the 1999 vintage. There was an overabundance of fine, sunny weather that continued nearly uninterrupted throughout the growing season, giving us more hours of sunshine than Germany has probably ever seen before. Bud break came very early, followed by a nearly perfect flowering, which developed quite quickly and uniformly throughout all our vineyards. The early-starting growing season and exceptionally hot summer produced ripeness levels that were above average with lower acidity levels. The wines from Pfalz show beautiful fruit and structure. Cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks was used to preserve the freshness of Saint M Riesling. Ernst believes in gentle cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling. The quest for freshness is evident in Dr. Loosen's choice of the Stelvin screwcap for the bottle's closure. As Riesling specialists, the Dr. Loosen estate is especially sensitive to the issue of cork taint. After conducting trials at his estate for several years and considering numerous alternatives, Ernst found the Stelvin screwcap to be an ideal closure for early-drinking Rieslings. The Stelvin closure is known for preserving Riesling's fresh, lively character.

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