Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2006

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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. Named for Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Eroica is truly a concert of Old World and New World Riesling. Grapes were left on the vine to ripen until raisined for concentration. Berries were individually picked and hand sorted. Fermented for eight months to develop full 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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

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Snooth User: Philip James
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3.50 5
05/10/2008

Opens with lively acidity, very mineral and light. Delicate mineral nose. Some floral and peach on the finish. Very nice. Very crisp, and not oily for a Riesling - very refreshing.


Snooth User: TL1053
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4.00 5
02/06/2011

A very reliable Riesling


Snooth User: matthewj
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4.50 5
09/03/2008

My wife and I loved this wine. It was so bright, so crisp. There was a hint of petrol in the nose, but it was very mild. And the sweeteness was balanced by the bite.


Snooth User: nomadicprs
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4.00 5
02/16/2009

The perfect riesling and not to expensive.


Snooth User: bluue13
17891065
4.00 5
06/22/2009

Im not a huge white wine fan but this wine may have changed that. Sweet, acidic, but not syrupy. A crisp finish! Smells of melon and honeysuckle. Definitely a great wine


Snooth User: fredericguarino
3101557
4.00 5
12/30/2007

Excellent Riesling from the good folks at Chateau St Michelle !


Snooth User: alee
3957452
4.00 5
04/10/2009

2007-Nice- easy drinking- slight sharpness, but a very mild sweet weight to the tongue- finish stays around, but is not acrid.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

External Review
02/24/2010

Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2006: Ausbau in Stahltanks, empf. Trinktemperatur 6-8°C, lagerfähig 6 - 10 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2006Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Washington StateWeingut: Chateau Ste. MichelleRebsorte: 100% RieslingRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 12,5 % Weißwein


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine & Spirits Review - Rated 93 - With each vintage, Eroica, the joint venture between Dr. Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle, has grown more assured. The 2006 from joint winemakers Bob Bertheau and Ernie Loosen is simply invigorating, a mineral wine of moderate, kabinett-level ripeness that shows up the wine's generous fruit without being sweet in the least. Aromas of golden apple with a hint of peach blossom lead; the flavors are deeper, more pearlike, finishing with a brisk, vibrant minerality. Wine Advocate Review - Rated 91 - The whites start with the 2006 Eroica Riesling made in collaboration with the Dr. Loosen estate in Germanys Mosel region. Since the project began, this has consistently been among the best non-dessert Rieslings produced in the USA and the 2006 continues in that tradition. Light straw-colored, it offers up a lovely floral, mineral, honeysuckle bouquet, crisp flavors featuring melon and pineapple, excellent balance, and a long, pure, refreshing finish. This wine may well evolve in the manner of one of Dr. Loosens great Mosel Rieslings. Stashing a few bottles is a very safe bet. Wine Spectator Review - Rated 90 - Light, bright, tangy and appealing for its delicate green apple, peach, floral and lime flavors, lingering nicely and hinting at mineral on the polished finish. Drink now through 2012. Wine Tasting Notes - Eroica delivers a unique combination of tangerine aromas characteristic of Washington state Riesling, melded with the mineral and slate notes and lively, crisp acidity associated with German Riesling. This vintage continues toward the Germanic style with added complexity and refinement.


External Review
09/22/2010

The whites start with the 2006 Eroica Riesling made in collaboration with the Dr. Loosen estate in Germany's Mosel region. Since the project began, this has consistently been among the best non-dessert Rieslings produced in the USA and the 2006 conti... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Riesling wine from Washington in USA. 2006 Ste Michelle, Chateau Eroica Riesling Ice Wine 375ml


External Review
03/06/2009

A Riesling wine from Washington in USA. 2006 Ste Michelle, Chateau Eroica Riesling Ice Wine 375ml



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Tasting Notes:

Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau and Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen craft Single Berry Select in the traditional German Trockenbeerenauslese style. “This is an ultra rich, concentrated wine with intense aromas of orange blossom, honey and sweet spice. Appealing flavors of ripe pineapple and honey lead to a long, luscious finish.”-Bob Bertheau, Winemaker

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. Named for Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Eroica is truly a concert of Old World and New World Riesling. Grapes were left on the vine to ripen until raisined for concentration. Berries were individually picked and hand sorted. Fermented for eight months to develop full character.

18.5 Cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 410 grams per liter Total Acidity: 14.3 grams per liter

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