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We Speak Wine USD 17.99 750ml

Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2016

Member Review by chriscage:

Tasted Dec 2018....Been saving this one for a number of years now! Coloration is of pale gold, Champagne and hints of slate green, with super clear clarity. Aromas of mature Granny Smith apple, sweet Bartlett Pear, Gooseberry tartness, lime zest, slate rock minerals in the background and rich fungus infected grape. Flavors that follow suit, with big time tart/semi tart apple, of which Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious come to mind, along with with stone minerality, tart limey zest and slight unripe grape zing. The mouthfeel still makes me pucker a little, which I love by the way, however, the aging process has allowed a silkiness to find its way in, and the finish is becoming buttery smooth. This will age well for another 5 years to come yet!

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Varietal: Riesling
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Snooth User: chriscage
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Vintage: 2012 12/02/2018

Tasted Dec 2018....Been saving this one for a number of years now! Coloration is of pale gold, Champagne and hints of slate green, with super clear clarity. Aromas of mature Granny Smith apple, sweet Bartlett Pear, Gooseberry tartness, lime zest, slate rock minerals in the background and rich fungus infected grape. Flavors that follow suit, with big time tart/semi tart apple, of which Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious come to mind, along with with stone minerality, tart limey zest and slight unripe grape zing. The mouthfeel still makes me pucker a little, which I love by the way, however, the aging process has allowed a silkiness to find its way in, and the finish is becoming buttery smooth. This will age well for another 5 years to come yet!


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Source: We Speak Wine
05/09/2018

Tasting Notes: Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and mandarin orange 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 bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage: * The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer, but also a cool fall season. * Cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in longer hang time for the grapes and the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15). * Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with ripeness and elegance. Vineyards: * Eroica begins in the vineyard with Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau collaborating on site selection, irrigation management, crop levels and canopy management. * They work with vineyard managers to adjust yields and manage fruit exposure to prolong the ripening season for added flavor development of these cooler climate vineyards. * Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA provided over half of the fruit for the 2016 blend (66%). * Viewcrest, and Jacona vineyards also contributed to the blend. Winemaking: * 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. TA: 0.74 g/100ml pH: 3.01 Alcohol: 12%



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