2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica

Year: 2011
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 93
Wine Entusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 11.0%
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A joint venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen.

"A light and tangy version, this is juicy with green apple and floral aromas and flavors, lingering on the deft, lightly sweet finish. Drink now through 2014. 24,000 cases made." (WS)

"Once again this collaboration between Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle finds a place at the very head of the class. It is a tightly bound wine of steely potential rather than one of immediate sweetness and juice, but, even now, it teases with subtle suggestions of flowers, sweet limes and stony spice. Its scant suggestion of sweetness is balanced by plenty of youthful acidity, and its impressions of nerve and vitality make it one that can be confidently set aside for further age if you can resist its already inviting come-hither entreaties. Reviewed: September 2012" (CG)

"This is a marvelous Eroica, complex and compelling with a luscious mix of fruits that run the Riesling gamut. It’s creamy and textural, fresh and primary, with exceptional aging potential and fine, juicy natural acidity." (WE)

Winery Notes:
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 techniques enables the crafting 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 2011 Eroica Riesling exhibits aromas and flavors of white peach, grapefruit and sweet lime with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. After more than a decade we have truly found our “Eroica style,” striving for beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty.”