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Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2007

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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 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 were used to slow down fermentation and heighten 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
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Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica

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Snooth User: tommyvino
9713492
1.00 5
03/11/2009

Brilliant pale green tinge of color and medium legs. Medium + aromatics that is very fruity, lime, peach, apricot, melon, pineapple, banana, mango and orange blossom. A little almond and marzipan on the finish. High acidity, off dry medium length on the finish, medium + super fruity flavor intensity, medium body, not quite balanced enough for me, lacking complexity and ok in quality considering the price of $22. I wanted to like this wine but it was just to fruity for me and it lacked the minerality that have found to be the most interesting component when it comes to other Rieslings. With that said if you do like fruit forward slightly sweet wines then this wine should make you happy. Not my favorite though. 2/5


3.50 5
04/09/2009

Mineral peach and apricot aromas with a hint of sweetness. Peach and a bit of apple flavors, a bit of honeysuckle, tart and acidic with a bit of citrus (lime).


Snooth User: cahughey
12218341
4.50 5
02/03/2009

I have bought this wine three times because I like it so much! The nose has a subtle sweetness and is crisp, which is exactly how it tastes. This wine has a slightly tart finish and a hint of mineral. I have paired it successfully with asian and light pasta dishes (with a tangy goat cheese). It's very refreshing.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.00 5
12/25/2009

Nicely balanced acidity with crisp fruits and a slight minerality, with a tinge of sweetness. Lovely riesling. Not super impressive, but nice.


Snooth User: winelog
194254281
0.00 5
06/16/2009

Drunk at the Morton's Riedel tasting.


Snooth User: FineLiquids de
45229675
0.50 5
04/12/2010

This wine makes no sense at all, as there is no relation between price and quality. Just a lame lemonade for more than 20 bucks. PS: I love Riesling!


Snooth User: Chantal Marie
123080750
2.00 5
02/27/2013

More Yellow in color smells of grapes and taste like a sour grape or apple. Makes me pucker.


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

External Review
11/25/2009

WS: 91 Points RP: 91 Points ST: 90 Points WE: 90 Points


External Review
02/24/2010

Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2007: Ausbau in Stahltanks, Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 6-8°C, lagerfähig 6 - 10 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2007Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Washington StateWeingut: Chateau Ste. MichelleRebsorte: 100% RieslingRestzucker: 22,5g/LiterRestsäure: 7,75g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 12,5 % Weißwein


External Review
03/05/2009

In collaboration with the famed Dr. Loosen estate of Germany's Mosel region, Ch. Ste Michelle has created this wine in the image of the best Old World Rieslings. This has bright raciness, seamlessly woven in with ripe peach flavors and citrusy accents.



Tasting Notes:

“This Eroica shows the crisp acidity of the 2007 vintage, which was the best acidity holding year I have seen in my five years being involved in Eroica. The wine delivers mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The cooler September, along with selecting fruit from higher elevation and cooler sites, contributed to the mouth-watering acidity balanced by beautiful Washington Riesling fruit. I have found this wine to be an amazing pairing with sweet, flavorful Dungeness crab.”

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 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 were used to slow down fermentation and heighten 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% pH: 3
Sugar: 21.5 grams per liter Total Acidity: 7.8 grams per liter

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