Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2005

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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.

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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: marinman49
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4.00 5
08/30/2009

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.


Snooth User: wineblues
5563621
4.00 5
04/06/2008

Four glasses



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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!"

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.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.5% pH: 3.1
Sugar: 16 grams per liter Total Acidity: 7.8 grams per liter

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