Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2005
Eroica is the result of a special partnership of German and American winemakers to craft an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. This is more than a blend of two estates, Dr. Loosen from the Mosel and Chateau Ste. Michelle from the Columbia Valley: It's an intermingling of Old World and New World philosophy and technique. Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica is truly a concert of Old World and New World Riesling. To protect flavor intensity, grapes were harvested at night when the vineyard temperatures were the coldest. Berries went direct to press, avoiding the possible loss of freshness caused by a crusher/destemmer. A cool fermentation created a seamless integration of fruit, sugar and acid. Fruit-driven yeasts with slower fermentation rates, such as the aromatic RHST, were employed to slow down the fermentations and heighten the fruit flavors. Ernst Loosen and Bob Bertheau considered dozens of small lots, each reflecting a slight difference in character depending on where the grapes were grown, resulting in the complexity of the final blend.
Definite Dr. Loosen Mosel style, off-dry but with that great big Eastern Washington fruit which Mosel region annot produce most years. A very fine Reisling for about $20. Chateus St. Michelle did a wise thing by doing this joint venture with one of Mosel's finest newer producers.
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"In this seventh vintage of Eroica, Ernst and I have continued to refine the style of Eroica. It took fewer hours deliberation to put the 2005 blend together because we know exactly what we're looking for with this wine now and when we come across a vineyard that is this racy style, we both smile in agreement with the "thumbs up." The 2005 delivers classic mineral and slate notes and lively, crisp acidity with juicy white peach aromas and flavors. Ernst likes to say that this year's blend has a little extra "charisma," and I agree! We found two new vineyards that made the blend for the first time this year that are northwest of the Wahluke Slope in a very cool, elevated site right next to the Gorge Amphitheater near the town of George, Washington. It's exciting to see some new vineyards in emerging areas of Washington come of age and make the blend!"
|Alcohol: 12.5%||pH: 3.1|
|Sugar: 16 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 7.8 grams per liter|
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