Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.
Robert Mondavi

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A German-style Riesling from Washington

2007, Chateau Ste. Michelle/Dr. Loosen Eroica, Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington - $20-25

The 2007 Eroica is a classically crafted, German-style Riesling. It is not like most Riesling produced along the Pacific Coast states that typically have medium to high residual sugar, which makes them sweet. The Eroica characteristically has lower residual sugar, which leads to a nice undertone of sweetness, but nothing overly forceful.

The nose and palate are very vibrant with delicious pear and the palate continues to develop with citrus notes that slowly introduce some terrific minerality (think wet stone). The acidity and balance is absolutely terrific, which allows this wine to compliment spicy and/or lighter dishes (non-red meat) incredibly well. Unlike most lighter/semi-sweet, white wines, this Eroica certainly should stand up over time due to its terrific structure and acidity.

Much of the complex qualities and amazing craftsmanship of this wine should be attributed to the knowledge of those at the renowned Dr. Loosen in Mosel, Germany and winemaker Bob Bertheau at Chateau Ste. Michelle. By melding Old World techniques with New World ingenuity, they have been able to collaborate on some really terrific wines over the years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle/Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling is a very under-appreciated wine that has a ton of finesse and quality, but it is not completely understood. Many people think of the sweet Rieslings they have had in the past and overlook this gem. Don’t be one of them!

I give this wine a 91 pt rating (verging on 92), as does Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate. Wine & Spirits hits it with a hefty 93 which is by no means a stretch! It is readily available at any wine shop or liquor store so give it a try! You will not be disappointed.

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