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Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2012

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The 2012 Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and peach aromas with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. Eroica is a blended statement of the finest Riesling vineyards in the state. To achieve our Eroica style we strive for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced minerality.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,971
4.00 5
03/05/2014

16.66 grams per liter residual sugar Big lime and lemon aromas greet the nose layered over a nice mineral base note with a hint of steel and some heathery floral highlights. Bright juicy acids lend an almost firm feel to this on the palate which shows that hint of sweet roundness balance with the steely mineral acids. Clear and fresh on the palate with lots of mineral character balanced by slightly under-ripe peach fruit and a hint of mango that emerges on the moderately long finish. 89pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,971
4.50 5
03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,596
3.00 5
03/14/2014

Really nice riesling from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Just a hint of petrol on the nose with some lemon zest. On the palate there's some nice ripe apricot, honeysuckle, tangerine and a bit of flint. This has a nice bit of acidity along with a touch of stone that balances well with the medium to low alcohol (12%).


Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
1157885634
0.00 5
10/09/2013

The 2012 Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and peach aromas with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. Eroica is a blended statement of the finest Riesling vineyards in the state. ~ Bob Bertheau, Winemaker ~


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

External Review
07/10/2013

Exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

From the producer of #68 On the Wine Spectator Top 100 2013! It seems like every vintage is another winner for this extraordinary Riesling collaboration between famed Mosel Valley vintner Dr. Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle. Sourced primarily from three of Ste. Michelle's best vineyards. One in the Columbia Valley and two in the slightly cooler Yakima Valley. The wine reaches a richness level that is on par with the finest Spatlese from the Mosel Valley. This Riesling is bright, rich, lush and compelling. The sweetness is finely balanced with the bright acidity and the flavors are all lime peel, white peach, grapefruit and stoney slate. With 90 plus scores across the board Wine & Spirits scored this wine 94 points saying "The best Eroicas glide across the palate with a drive informed by lime zest and apple, all held by a mineral tether. This 2012 by contrast, while not lacking for energy, lingers beautifully, its scents going more the route of grapefruit and apple, the flavors weightier, the hint of petrol giving the wine intensity, length, even gravitas."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

And last of the whites and one of the top Rieslings I was able to taste from Washington, the 2012 Riesling Eroica offers up racy, well-defined aromas and flavors of star fruit, citrus rind, green apple and edgy minerality on the nose. Medium-bodied, off-dry through the mid-palate and clean and fresh on the finish, its a delicious, textbook Riesling that would be a prefect meal starter or to pair up with spicier fare. Drink bottles over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2015. - Robert Parker 91 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/18/2013

Our new Eroica Gold Riesling offers the best of both worlds, the bright natural acidity of our original Eroica with concentrated, ripe fruit flavors and a touch of sweetness. German winemakers have been making Riesling with Botrytis influence for generations. Eroica Gold combines the trademark Washington acidity with German botrytis influence. The wine offers lush orange marmalade flavors with a crisp finish. - Bob Bertheau, WinemakerTotal acidity: .85g/100mlpH: 2.92Alcohol: 10%Residual sugar: 7.54g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/24/2014

Our new Eroica Gold Riesling offers the best of both worlds, the bright natural acidity of our original Eroica with concentrated, ripe fruit flavors and a touch of sweetness. German winemakers have been making Riesling with Botrytis influence for generations. Eroica Gold combines the trademark Washington acidity with German botrytis influence. The wine offers lush orange marmalade flavors with a crisp finish. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Total acidity: .85g/100ml pH: 2.92 Alcohol: 10% Residual sugar: 7.54g/100ml


External Review
04/10/2014

And last of the whites and one of the top Rieslings I was able to taste from Washington, the 2012 Riesling Eroica offers up racy, well-defined aromas and flavors of star fruit, citrus rind, green apple and edgy minerality on the nose. Medium-bodied, off-dry through the mid-palate and clean and fresh on the finish, it’s a delicious, textbook Riesling that would be a prefect meal starter or to pair up with spicier fare. Drink bottles over the coming handful of years. Drink now–2015.


External Review
04/10/2014

Light and open-textured, with a touch of sweetness to the apple and green olive flavors, weaving a floral note into the deftly balanced finish. Drink now through 2016.


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The 2012 Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and peach aromas with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. Eroica is a blended statement of the finest Riesling vineyards in the state. To achieve our Eroica style we strive for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced minerality.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12% pH: 3.00
Sugar: 75.4 grams per liter Total Acidity: 7.6 grams per liter

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