Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen 2012 Eroica Gold, Columbia Valley, $28

By on November 5, 2013

eroica-gold-rieslingBob Bertheau, Wendy Stuckey and German icon Ernst Loosen take Eroica to the next level with this new off-dry luxury Riesling. For the debut vintage, Viewcrest Vineyard west of Benton City, Wash., earns most of the spotlight as the largest contributor, accounting for 62% of the final cut. The 30-year-old estate Horse Heaven Vineyard near Paterson supplied the rest. Alluring aromas include orange marmalade, dried apricot, Honeycrisp apple, Anjou pear, dried herbs and a contrail of petrol. What’s in store are beautiful apricot, more pear, baked apple and sweet orange flavors. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is the adroit delivery of acidity, which dials down the listed residual sugar of 7.5% to what could be perceived as 2%. And enjoy the lingering hint of tangerine in the farewell. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ culinary team suggests serving this with crab, curries, scallops and Asian-influenced fare.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,500 cases

Alcohol: 10%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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