Eroica Riesling 2012
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
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.
Wine & Spirits - "The best Eroicas glide across the palate with a drive informed by lime zest and apple, all held by a mineral tether. This 2012 by contrast, while not lacking for energy, lingers beautifully, its scents going more the route of grapefruit and apple, the flavors weightier, the hint of petrol giving the wine intensity, length, even gravitas. "
Tasting Panel - "Sweet and mouth-filling with a racy acidity that balances this botrytis-enhanced wine beautifully; juicy with lovely flavors and a long finish; a collaboration between Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen. "
The Wine Advocate - "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."
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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 ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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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11 ratings, 7 with reviewsAlexandria5 - Alexandria, VA39/30/2014
A nice Riesling, but I'm finding the Rieslings from the finger lake region of New York are a bit better.Herr Hook - Springfield, VA59/13/2014
- Light & Crisp
This is my third vintage of Eroica with Dr. Loosen, and I am never disappointed. It is marvelously light on the palate and enhances fine food flavors of all varieties, even prime ribs.W Bishop - Oakland, CA59/4/2014Wild Willy - Sandy, UT57/29/2014
- Light & Fruity
Dis ain't yo daddy's wine! I give this wine a hunnit points! I drink this wit my fav foods, pulled pork, cole slaw, and potato salit! It's a great desert wine too! A shot a cool whip in the mouf and da rest uh da bottle down d-hatch! Pair dis wit a can a sterno and vienya sausagesand it's winner winner, almost chicken dinner! It goes wit everythang. It's all white and it's alright! Bottoms up my bros! Wild Willy out!!!controller1 - Pineville, LA46/13/2014
- Light & Crisp
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- Pulled pork
I'm a red wine drinker so for me to rate a white wine with 4 stars is something. This is an excellent wine paired with teriyaki chicken or a stir-fry dish. Very refreshing.Bob Carbonaro - Summerville, SC35/31/2014
- Light & Fruity
Great wine. Sweeter than I like in a Riesling. My wife wants more.BigTex1836 - Fort Worth, TX35/4/2014KERRI BIGLEY - Lewisville, TX32/24/2014x96merrill3 - San Diego, CA52/1/2014
- Light & Fruity
Wonderful light flavor w/o becoming too sweet.dovr - Oakland, CA52/1/2014
- Light & Crisp
DeliciousMiznovember - Eloy, AZ31/6/2014
- Rich & Creamy
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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