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 ...

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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... Read more

Rather white peachy on the nose with underlying notes of fresh apple sauce and sweet sage leaf. Moderately sweet on entry with a lot of acidity mak... Read more

Sweet, candied lime peel, apricot and apple aromas are layered on the nose. Noticeably sweet on entry, this has fine acid balance lending a transpa... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,429
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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,429
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/16/2012

Rather white peachy on the nose with underlying notes of fresh apple sauce and sweet sage leaf. Moderately sweet on entry with a lot of acidity making this vibrant and zesty on the palate. The fruit has a slightly tropical, exotic edge to it, showing off papaya and guava notes with a touch of ruby red grapefruit underneath. The grapefruit and some lime pith and mineral notes take over on the long finish that ends with a touch of mouth-cleansing astringency. This really is quite attractive, it just lacks a bit of life in the mouth. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,429
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/09/2012

Sweet, candied lime peel, apricot and apple aromas are layered on the nose. Noticeably sweet on entry, this has fine acid balance lending a transparent feel in the mouth and taking the edge right off the sweetness. The result is a medium-bodied, lime-based mid-palate with a touch of herb and apple peel complexity that extends over the moderately long finish. Nicely balanced and fresh if a touch simple, this checks all the boxes. 85pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,429
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 05/27/2010

This smells downright seductive with nuanced notes of crisp baking apple, mineral, almost a touch of spicy cinnamon, with notes of lemon verbena and bay leaf. While not totally dry this is blessed with very assertive acids that help reinforce the wonderful deep and fresh core of wild apple fruit with deep mineral cut and lovely precision that extends over the long finish. This is just so zesty and pure with a wonderful vibrancy that makes is delicious on it’s own and a great match for lightly salty/fatty bites like prosciutto or mature washed rind cheeses. 91pts


User Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,041
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
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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 ~


Snooth User: alexypnz
81134068
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/02/2011

Very nice wine!


Snooth User: alexypnz
81134068
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/17/2011

Very nice!


Snooth User: carter crazy
78108028
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/04/2011

I had a glass of this at a restaurant in Seattle. It was very tasty!


Snooth User: laureljones
51994234
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/16/2010

My husband and I really love this wine, and he's not a wine guy! Perfect price and fantastic flavors. Not too alcoholic and strong sweetness and fruit flavors. Can't go wrong with this one!


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
08/02/2013

Complex and compelling, this has a luscious mix of fruits that run the Riesling gamut. It's creamy and textural, fresh and primary, with exceptional aging potential and fine, juicy, natural acidity.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/26/2013

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
Source: The Wine Buyer
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: 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: Premier Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Continuing a long-running streak of excellence, the latest vintage of Eroica blends fruit from vineyards in the Lake Chelan, Yakima Valley, Royal Slope and Horse Heaven Hills regions. It’s a rich mix of peach and papaya, creamy and slightly sweet (16.6 g/L). The citrusy acids keep a fine edge on the lush flavors.


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Ratings & Tags for Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling

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2011 02/09/2013

1053158 Snooth User: dlellis
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2010 11/14/2012

910517 Snooth User: ejcarbs
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2009 09/11/2011

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2009 02/22/2011

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2008 08/16/2010

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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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Chemical Analysis:

Sugar: 2.28 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.82 grams per liter

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