Eroica Riesling 2014
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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 the Eroica style, the winery strives for bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty.
The Wine Advocate - "Less sweet than the Eroica Gold Riesling, the 2014 Eroica Riesling is a classic beauty that offers lots of citrus rind, lychee, sugared lime and even a tiny hint of petrol in its medium-bodied, juicy, vibrant and thirst-quenching style. Count me a fan and it too will be incredibly versatile on the dinner table and drink well for upwards of a decade. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Bright, pale yellow. Pungent yet delicate scents of lime blossom, wintermint and powdered stone, plus a touch of brown spices. Juicy, brisk and off-dry, with lemon and lime flavors showing good depth and subtle saline extract. Lovely sugar/acid balance here. Still some CO2 to be absorbed but today it's keeping the wine fresh. I've almost routinely scored this delightful bottling in a very narrow range (89 to 91 points) through the years; it would be interesting to taste a line-up of vintages side by side today."
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.
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Washington State is exploding onto the world’s wine scene. The second largest wine-producing region in the United States, the number of wineries has more than doubled in the past decade to more than 900 today. The great majority of the state’s 50,000+ acres of vineyards are grown on the east side of the Cascade mountains, where they enjoy 300+ days of sunshine a year, well-draining soils and a diurnal shift ideal for wine grapes.
Washington is not defined by a single grape variety, with nearly 70 varieties to explore. Out of these, the top five are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah. Winemakers and grape growers are driven by a pioneering spirit, and aren’t afraid to experiment with new techniques in an ever-growing quest to make world-class wine. With a state-of-the-art research program, near-perfect growing conditions and the possibility for exponential growth – Washington State is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with.
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