Eroica Riesling 2007
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
This Eroica shows the crisp acidity of the 2007 vintage, which was the best acidity holding year in the past five years. The wine delivers mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The cooler September, along with selecting fruit from higher elevation and cooler sites, contributed to the mouth-watering acidity balanced by beautiful Washington Riesling fruit.
An amazing pairing with sweet, flavorful Dungeness crab.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Taking its accustomed place at the head of the class as it has in so many past vintages, this latest rendition from Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen is a remarkable wine of impeccable balance and stunning depth. Slightly sweet and buoyed by fine fruity acids, it smells of honeysuckle, white peaches and minerals and follows with long, compact, layered flavors that presently only hint at the richness to come. Top-notch Riesling is capable of great beauty and complexity with age, and, we have no doubt that the greatness lurking here will gradually become more and more evident with time. "
Wine & Spirits - "Eroica, the joint venture between Dr. Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle, produced a focused, ethereal and pure 2007. This vintage is a blend of fruit from Evergreen. Viewcrest, Horse Heaven and other vineyards. Its aromas are all about citrus, with hints of lemon and tangerine, while the taut flavors are more pearlike. A fine, mineral finish gives the wine balance and poise."
Wine Spectator - "Bright and juicy, with bracing acidity against lightly sweet, expressive pear, apricot and quince aromas and flavors, remaining vibrant as the finish persists. A slate character hovers in the background. Drink now through 2017. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Eroica Riesling, made in collaboration with the Dr. Loosen estate in Germany’s Mosel region, is light to medium straw-colored with fragrant aromas of spring flowers, mineral, and honeysuckle. Crisp and just off-dry, in a Kabinett style, it delivers flavors of melon and pineapple. The wine is balanced and vibrant and may well evolve for several years in the manner of a top German Mosel Kabinett. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 5-7 years. "
Wine Enthusiast - "This Riesling collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen is no longer unique, but the wine has been fine-tuned over the years and sets a consistently high standard. This may be the most acidic ever made, but it is juicy rather than sour, and has a textural creaminess that adds both depth and length. The fruit flavors mix ripe apple and Mandarin orange, with hints of sweet lime and wet stone. "
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Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. An intermingling of Old and New World philosophies and technique enables the crafting of an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.
The first five vintages of Eroica Riesling (1999-2003) were named to Wine Spectator's "Top 100" list.
"I have long believed that a Riesling revival would have to start with a prominent New World winery like Chateau Ste. Michelle."
- Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen estate View all Eroica Wines
About Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.3 out of 5 stars
22 ratings, 21 with reviews511/2/2012
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This Riesling was not bad, but it really was not exceptional either. I would recommend other Reislings on wine.com for the money.512/4/2009At this time 17 out of 17 would buy this wine again. Make that 18 out of 18. Loved it.512/16/2009This 2007 was our first of the Eroica from Ch.Ste.Mich and it was a step above the regular riesling they have. Less acidity and more flavor. Much easier to drink! Huge value here.John Geary - Somerset, PA512/24/2009This is by far and away one of the best Rieslings I have ever had. We served it with crabcakes and it was a perfect compliment to the meal. My only regret is that I did not buy it by the case, as it is sold out.Alan Boehmer - Los Osos, CA510/2/2009So far, Eroica is without peers among New World Rieslings. Perfect balance and elegant.Lillehammer - Brattleboro, VT53/14/2009This wine is fruity and has medium body with plenty of character. It is not dry but semi-sweet with a delicious, lingering taste on the palate. Light color, almost like water. Outstanding and I could not stop drinking it which is unusual for me.H. David Kellams - Huntington Beach, CA48/5/2009Very fruit forward, but subtle - not overpowering. Hints of honeysuckle, banana, and peach. Went VERY well with the fig/arugala/goat cheese salad/pine nut salad...Dennis Williams - Danville, IL510/26/2009This is an outstanding riesling - not too sweet, which I prefer. Forget the higher priced ones, this is a gem.42/18/2009An excellent Riesling.57/11/2009Wonderful light Reisling, semi-dry and crispebaum - Fairfax, VA54/18/2009Exceptional taste. Vibrant and smooth. Definitely worth the purchase - will purchase a case having tried one bottle.48/12/2009Sweet, light, crisp and refreshing wine; Perfect for a hot summer. Well paired with salad or fruit41/15/2009Great wineJames Deresinski - Moberly, MO44/15/2009This was an excellent choice. It was for my wife however I enjoyed it as well. Great buy for price-point.MF - Chicago, IL56/30/2009Eroica is very well done, not too sweet and very, very smooth for a $20 bottle of wine.JavierSorSal - South Padre Island, TX58/12/2009nice41/15/2009Great wineucanhugme - Saint Petersburg, FL412/19/2008white wine... i like itJennifer Lopez-Smith - El Sobrante, CA58/26/2009One of my favorite summer wine!James Deresinski - Moberly, MO58/4/2009Great wine. Exceptional. Buy it you will not be disappointed. Seems like everything I get from Ch. Ste. Michelle is great. Buy it, you will like it.47/8/2009I thought this was a great wine. i am purchasing add'l bottles. If you like the reisling style there is no doubt you will enjoy this as well.
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