Eroica Riesling 2009
For the first this Ste. Michelle/Ernst Loosen collaboration is sourced predominantly from Yakima Valley vineyards. It is dried, more minerally than past vintages, with crisp, elegant pineapple, white peach and green apple fruit. Tight and beautifully structured, it shows surprising power through the long, crystalline finish.Add winemaker's notes
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For the first this Ste. Michelle/Ernst Loosen collaboration is sourced predominantly from Yakima Valley vineyards. It is dried, more minerally than past vintages, with crisp, elegant pineapple, white peach and green apple fruit. Tight and beautifully structured, it shows surprising power through the long, crystalline finish.
Pale color. Floral aromas of apple, peach, pear and apricot. Rich, spicy and fairly dry, with a tactile texture and bright framing acidity. Not especially complex but nicely concentrated shows good but not outstanding flavor development. Finishes with hints of dusty stone and earth.
Ripe, fresh and juicy, with immense generosity, brimming with mineral-scented, honey-kissed apricot and peach flavors, supple on the finish and nicely laced with just enough acidity to keep it long and lively. Drink now through 2008.
This is consistently the most concentrated, complex and stylish Riesling made in Washington. In this excellent year it shows ripe pineapple, white peach and lime fruit, set up beautifully with crisp, defining acids. Balanced and intensely fragrant, with the alcohol a refreshing 12%.
Graceful and subtle, with lively support for its stony green apple and delicate apricot flavor, finishing dry but with a caramel note that makes it all the more intriguing. Impressive for the way it knits together. Drink now through 2008.
A collaborative effort with Ernst Loosen, of the Dr. Loosen estate. Bright, intensely flavored grapes are given special handling (night harvest, no crusher/destemmer, slow-fermenting yeasts) and deliver a complex, fleshy and layered Riesling. This bottling is a bit more forward and juicy than past vintages have been.
Aromas of ginger, quinine, wisteria, mace and nutmeg. Brisk, juicy and flavorful, with intriguing suggestions of minerals, flowers, earth and gingery spices. Perked by some unabsorbed CO2. Not quite complex enough for an outstanding rating, but this offers plenty of varietal character.
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