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Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2004

Member Review by sailkat:

Had the Eroica with dinner recently, and while it had been a few years since I'd had it, it still lived up to my memory of it as an absolutely fantastic American Reisling. A fabulous choice and not too pricey. It certainly impressed my guests!

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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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica

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Snooth User: sailkat
3749934
5.00 5
12/04/2007

Had the Eroica with dinner recently, and while it had been a few years since I'd had it, it still lived up to my memory of it as an absolutely fantastic American Reisling. A fabulous choice and not too pricey. It certainly impressed my guests!


Snooth User: WineWatcherUSA
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3.50 5
10/22/2007

My favorite American riesling of all that I've tasted. We had this with a perfectly-matched meal while travelling. This would be a great introduction to riesling for someone new to this varietal.


Snooth User: dmcbrown
3757423
4.00 5
12/04/2007

This is a fantastic riesling which is made in the US, but in a more German style. It's slightly floral on the nose, with nice peach notes. The taste is fantastic: nice and dry, though not too dry with typical riesling characteristics. There are few wines that pair so well with Chinese or Indian food, but this is truly great with either, enhancing the flavors and spices in the food but holding its own at the same time.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
06/03/2006

Very nice, although I'm not sure I see the dramatic difference between this and the lower priced Ch. Ste. Michelle offerings. Very pale. Lemon and peach aromas and palate, with perhaps a touch of mineral in the finish but not much. Only my second bottle of Eroica, and while it was very good the QPR is not there for me.


Snooth User: xanthan
3283949
4.00 5
10/07/2008

Doc Loosen's American Riesling - is a fantastic kabinet, trending a little drier with lovely floral notes. Applicable for a lot of meals, this is my "go to" wine for spicy Asian food. If you like rieslings, this is a must.


Snooth User: jfung
307293
5.00 5
08/21/2007

Five glasses




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