2018 Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica

Year: 2018
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$16.95

THIS IS REALLY REALLY GOOD!!....A joint venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen.

2020 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100: #81

"A lovely wine, appealingly off-dry and boldly expressive, with honeysuckle, peach, grapefruit and spice flavors that linger on the lush, crisp finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"A collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen, the 2018 Eroica Riesling displays a pale straw color and a classic Riesling nose with soft petrol aromas and hints of green apple skin, white peach and lime candy. Medium-bodied, the wine is lively on the palate with juicy, succulent acidity that makes me salivate, and it shows a kiss of sweetness to lift the expression, ending with a fresh, vibrant finish. Another success, this bottling stands as a testament that Washington State Riesling can be made well, even at the $20 mark." (WA)

"Bright, light yellow. Gingery Granny Smith apple, lime and minerals on the nose, plus a whiff of orange blossom. Round on entry, then sappy, supple and intense in the middle palate, showing enticing mineral and spicy lift to its very pure citrus fruit and apple flavors. There's substantial residual sugar (16.9 grams per liter) here but brisk balancing acidity (8.6 g/l). The element of saline minerality carries through on the long aftertaste, titillating the taste buds. This, too, is a steal for the price and pretty irresistible right now. And that's almost a shame, as this Riesling has a track record of gaining in interest with cellaring." (VM)

"GOOD VALUE, There is superb Riesling purity to this wine with a bit of a floral element in the jasmine-like edge of its white peach, citrus and stone-like aromatic notes. Its noticeable sweetness on the palate takes it to the juicy end of the off-dry category and allows it to serve both as an aperitif as well as a fine partner to dishes like butter-sautéed scallops or duck liver paté. But, there is more and better to come if the wine is allowed to age for some two to four years while it fills out a bit and gains added range. Reviewed: September 2020"(CG)

"Enough can’t be said about the quality of the Rieslings from this estate, and the 2018 Riesling Eroica might be the best yet. Fabulous notes of sugared limes, lychee, and sweet citrus all flow to a medium-bodied, bright, clean, racy Riesling that has perfectly balanced acidity and sugar. Coming all from the Evergreen Vineyard, drink it any time over the coming 4-5 years. I suspect it will keep even longer, if you’re so inclined. Don’t let the price fool you, this is terrific." (JD)

"The aromas are vibrant, with notes of lime leaf, whole lime and wet slate. Medium-bodied, off-dry lime and white-peach flavors follow, with mouthwatering acidity upping the interest. Nestea Iced Tea notes linger on the finish. Delicious stuff. Pair it with shrimp ceviche with diced mango and lime juice. -Sean P. Sullivan" (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.