Eroica Riesling 2008
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
This Eroica shows the crisp acidity of the cooler 2008 vintage. The wine 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. After a decade we have truly found our 'Eroica style,' striving for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced minerarilty.
Wine & Spirits - "It seems as if Eroica gets more precise with each vintage. The joint venture between Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle produced a 2008 that's simply brilliant, its scents of Thai pineapple and passionfruit leading to limelike flavors hurried along by rippling acidity. There's tension between the brisk and creamy textures, a contrast of generosity and mineral edges. Pair it with wienerschnitzel."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "A collaborative effort between Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Mosel's Ernst Loosen, Eroica consistently ranks as one of the West Coast's finest Rieslings. As this latest version so aptly demonstrates, it is also very much deserving of patience. While it presently flirts with elements of Bartlett pears, peaches and a hint of lime zest, it is still a firm, tightly wound youngster that needs to unfold. Its exceptional balance ensures that any wait will be well worthwhile, and, while we would enjoy it right now with a scallop or two, we plan on setting some aside to be enjoyed as it fills out and opens up over the next several years. GOOD VALUE "
The Wine Advocate - "The white wines begin with the 2008 Eroica Riesling, a collaboration between Germany’s Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle. The grapes are sourced from a number of sites and several AVAs. Because of the winery’s vast holdings, this superb Riesling can be made in quantity (27,000 cases) while maintaining exceptional quality. Light straw-colored, it has a lovely, captivating perfume of acacia, honey, mineral, melon, and tropical aromas. Crisp, light- bodied (11.5% alcohol), concentrated, and vibrant, this just off-dry (1.77% RS), Kabinett-styled Riesling has the balance to evolve for several years and should drink well for a decade. "
International Wine Cellar - "Very pale straw-yellow. Subtle aromas of citrus peel, ginger, quinine, linden tea and fresh herbs. Intense stone fruit flavors are bright and tactile, with a slight impression of residual sweetness leavened by vibrant acids. Tasty, complex riesling with very good lift on the firm aftertaste."
Wine Spectator - "This lively, refreshing wine has a delicately sweet edge to its pear and floral flavors, lingering effectively on the focused finish. Drink now through 2013."
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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."
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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.
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39 ratings, 19 with reviews412/27/2010I enjoyed this vintage and would definitely buy it again.Brian Tuckman - Old Bridge, NJ510/29/2010One of if not the best Riesling I've ever had. Very tasty with a very long and great finish. For my wife and I it was perfect. We bought more.Paul William - Canton, OH510/24/2010I shared this Riesling with a few friends this past weekend. It proved to be a favorite and the wine offered a refreshing and delightful experience. The wine has exceptional acidity as it is still a young wine. However, it has great potential to develop with 2-3 years of cellaring. I have ordered 4 more bottles.59/22/2010Smooth, a little sweet and yet crisp. Great!58/6/2010Has a breadth of flavor unrivaled in a Riesling at this price. Probably beats out many other expensive rieslings with relative ease. Lets just say this wine is on my "buy a case" list...Corey Ostman - Stratham, NH54/29/2010Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ410/22/2010drosen12 - Dallas, TX25/29/2010PamBaugh - Melbourne, FL43/14/2011My husband really loved this Reisling. It has the smallest bite to it, but in all, a nice, crisp wine.44/6/2011Generally not a fan of white wines, but really enjoyed this one. Smooth with a good amount of acidity.Slumlordess - Pittsburgh, PA24/3/2011Too fruity for me - I'll pass... Tastes a little like a sauvignon blanc. Yuck.MichiganCliffy - San Francisco, CA43/22/2011
Eroica is consistently good riesling from the Pacific Northwest. I try and keep at least 2 in the wine rack to pair with spicey Indian food.Hervé - Gaithersburg, MD43/27/2011
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Simply gorgeous ! Very classy palate. A great wine, on its own or during any meal.Abcd - Washington, DC33/25/2011Dave Evans - Sicklerville, NJ53/24/2011cedralpass - San Francisco, CA43/22/2011Steve and Ruthi - Lakeland, FL42/19/2011Opened with a group and needed a second bottle. All liked it very much. Perfect level of sweetness to drink alone or tame spicy food.American Stampeder - Springfield, MA51/6/2011This was a Christmas gift for my mother... We actually haven't tried it yet, but given that it seemed to be a step up from the regular Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling (which is my mother's favourite Riesling), I expect it will be that and more in taste when we do try it.Feng - Washington, DC412/20/2010Shared this with friends at a Pizza dinner and didn't drink much of it, but did like it quite a bit. Probably 91. Need to try again to give a full review.tenacean - Jefferson, MD311/25/2010I've had a German riesling rated 91 and this wine. The German riesling blew this one completely away. There's nothing off putting...everything is technically correct and integrated...very, very light flavors of the fruit...good but not outstanding...it's as good as it will get...tasted twice.Boston Harbor - Boston, MA55/16/2010Good price, wonderful notes. Perfect for spring and summer. Good price. It makes you smile. What's not to like?dedalus2222 - Philadelphia, PA57/26/2010yep. if ima spend 20 bucks on a white, it better have depth and action like eroica. wow.JoeyJoey - Ambler, PA57/15/2010this wine was my first Riesling, and I'm a red wine/dog fish head beer guy. lately gotten into whites, and this was really nice.45/27/2010Fresh, fruity nose (this is a rather acidic wine). To be honest, the attack tasted exactly like saccharine to me (euphemised in the tasting notes, I think, as 'sweet lime'). Green apple mid palate. Finish was surprisingly long and warm - its best aspect in my opinion. Still doesn't compare to the better German Rieslings but a good value.55/31/2010Outstanding Riesling. One of the best made in the U.S. in my opinion.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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