Eroica Gold is worth double gold in New York

By on June 7, 2014
Bob Bertheau and Ernst Loosen produced Eroica Gold

Bob Bertheau, left, and Ernst Loosen produce the Eroica Rieslings from Washington. (Photo courtesy of Eroica)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Chateau Ste. Michelle’s newest addition to the Eroica family is golden in every way.

Eroica Gold earned a double gold medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, a judging in upstate New York that drew more than 3,000 entries from around the world.

Eroica Gold is a sweeter version of the company’s popular Eroica Riesling with a lot more residual sugar but not a lot more sweetness. Eroica Gold, which was introduced last summer, weighs in at 7.54% residual sugar. But thanks to a bright pH of 2.92, the wine tastes merely off-dry.

Eroica is a collaboration between Washington’s oldest winery and Ernst Loosen of Germany’s Mosel Valley. It began with the 1999 vintage and now includes four wines: Riesling, Riesling Gold, Riesling Ice Wine and Single Berry Select.

Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau describes Eroica Gold as “the best of both worlds, the bright natural acidity of our original Eroica with concentrated, ripe fruit flavors and a touch of sweetness.”

Also at the Finger Lakes competition, wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho also won 17 gold medals. Of those, three were Cabernet Sauvignons from three different tiers of Columbia Crest: Reserve, H3 and Grand Estates.

Here are the complete Northwest results:

Double gold

Eroica 2012 Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley

Gold

Bitner Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cab-Shiraz, Snake River Valley

Colter’s Creek Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Idaho

Columbia Crest 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Columbia Crest 2011 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Echo Ridge Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Fort Langley Wine Co. NV Saucy, British Columbia

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Shameless Hussy Dry Rosé, Columbia Valley

Honeywood Winery NV Currant Noir, Oregon

Lake Chelan Winery 2012 Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley

Locati Cellars 2009 Reserve Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley

Northwest Cellars 2011 Intrigue, Columbia Valley

Northwest Cellars 2011 Petite Sirah, Columbia Valley

Sky River Meadery NV Solas Honey Wine, Washington

Skylite Cellars 2010 Soirée, Walla Walla Valley

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Petite Sirah, Southern Oregon

Whidbey Island Winery 2011 Lemberger, Yakima Valley

Silver

14 Hands 2010 The Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills

Angela Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Anindor Vineyards 2012 Gewurztraminer, Willamette Valley

Aspenwood Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2011 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley

Brady Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery 2011 Adentro, Walla Walla Valley

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery 2011 Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley

Ceili Winery 2009 Fíon Déarg, Columbia Valley

Celista Estate Winery 2012 Ortega, Okanagan Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley

Claar Cellars 2009 Riesling Ice Wine, Columbia Valley

Claar Cellars 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley

Claar Cellars 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Colter’s Creek Winery 2011 Koos·Koos·Kia Red, Idaho

Colter’s Creek Winery 2011 Syrah, Idaho

Columbia Crest 2011 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley

Convergence Zone Cellars 2010 Storm Front, Columbia Valley

Convergence Zone Cellars 2011 Virga, Columbia Valley

Convergence Zone Cellars 2012 Sunbreak, Columbia Valley

Dancin Vineyards 2011 Pas de Trois, Oregon

Dancin Vineyards 2012 Adagio, Oregon

Echo Ridge Cellars 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Echo Ridge Cellars 2012 Muscat Canelli, Columbia Valley

Elegante’ Cellars 2008 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Elegante’ Cellars 2009 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley

Elegante’ Cellars 2009 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley

Eroica 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Forest Edge Vineyard 2011 Leon Millot, Oregon

Fort Langley Wine Co. NV Valley Girl, British Columbia

Girardet Wine Cellars 2011 Old Vine Baco Noir, Umpqua Valley

Girardet Wine Cellars 2012 Baco Noir, Umpqua Valley

Grafton Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Nauti Buoy, Columbia Valley

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Shameless Hussy Viognier, Columbia Valley

Hauer of Dauen 2012 Lemberger, Willamette Valley

Hye Meadow Winery 2011 Edelzwicker, Washington

Kalala Organic Estate Winery 2012 Harmony White, Okanagan Valley

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2011 Ethan Cole, Oregon

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2011 Syrah, Oregon

Lake Chelan Winery 2012 Stormy Mountain White, Columbia Valley

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Locati Cellars 2010 Barbera, Walla Walla Valley

Locati Cellars 2010 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley

Lorelli Wines 2011 Andare a Ruba, Oregon

Lorelli Wines 2011 Zinfandel, Oregon

Mt St Helens Cellars 2011 The Volcano’s Last Syrah, Washington

Nicola’s redmark 2009 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Northwest Cellars 2011 Madrigal, Columbia Valley

Page Cellars 2010 Lick My Lips Syrah, Red Mountain

Page Cellars 2010 Cuvee, Red Mountain

Perseus Winery 2011 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Perseus Winery 2011 Syrah Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Perseus Winery 2012 Cabernet Shiraz, Okanagan Valley

Perseus Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Prosser Vineyard & Winery 2012 Rachael’s Red, Yakima Valley

Red Lily Vineyards 2007 Estate Reserve Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Red Lily Vineyards 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Red Lily Vineyards 2012 Lily Girl, Rogue Valley

Rocky Creek Winery 2013 Wild Blackberry, British Columbia

Samson Estates Winery 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Samson Estates Winery NV Delilah Blueberry Wine, Washington

Sawtooth Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley

Serendipity Winery 2010 Serenata, Okanagan Valley

Serendipity Winery 2012 Rose, Okanagan Valley

Seven Falls 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Seven Falls 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Silkscarf Winery 2012 Ensemble Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Silkscarf Winery 2012 Viognier, Okanagan Valley

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard 2013 Devil’s Chair, Okanagan Valley

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard 2013 Autumn Tryst, Okanagan Valley

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard 2013 Kootenay Crush, Okanagan Valley

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard 2013 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Sky River Meadery NV Sweet Brochet Mead, Washington

Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2012 ECO Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2012 Winemaker’s Select Riesling, Columbia Valley

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Grenache, Southern Oregon

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Viogner, Southern Oregon

Ste. Chapelle 2012 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley

Ste. Chapelle 2012 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley

Ste. Chapelle NV Chateau Series Soft Huckleberry, Snake River Valley

Stemilt Creek Winery 2009 Caring Passion, Columbia Valley

Waitsburg Cellars 2012 Chevray, Columbia Valley

Washington Hills 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Washington

Waterbrook Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Wedge Mountain Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Westport Winery NV Shelter From the Storm, Washington

Whidbey Island Winery 2011 Sangiovese, Yakima Valley

Willow Crest 2012 Muscat Canelli, Yakima Valley

Willow Crest 2012 Riesling, Yakima Valley

Wind Rose Cellars 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley

Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Dolcetto, Columbia Valley

Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Rosato, Columbia Valley

Bronze

14 Hands 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

14 Hands 2012 Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Hills

Aspenwood Cellars 2011 Elegance, Washington

Bitner Vineyards 2012 Riesling, Snake River Valley

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2011 Dusk, Okanagan Valley

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2013 Khaos, Okanagan Valley

Brady Cellars 2011 Symphony, Washington

Browne Family 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery 2010 Adentro, Walla Walla Valley

Celista Estate Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Celista Estate Winery 2012 Marg’s Rose, Okanagan Valley

Celista Estate Winery NV Celista Cuvee, Okanagan Valley

Celista Estate Winery NV Inspired Madness, Okanagan Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Claar Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Claar Cellars 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

College Cellars 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley

College Cellars 2012 Malbec, Columbia Valley

Colter’s Creek Winery 2013 Riesling, Snake River Valley

Damali Lavender & Winery 2013 Rhube Lavande, British Columbia

Dancin Vineyards 2012 Assenblage, Oregon

Forest Edge Vineyard NV Forest Mist, Oregon

Fort Langley Wine Co. NV Keromeos Fruitstand, British Columbia

Girardet Wine Cellars 2013 Cayuga, Umpqua Valley

Girardet Wine Cellars 2013 Seyval Blanc, Umpqua Valley

Grafton Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Orange Muscat, Columbia Valley

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Shameless Hussy Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley

Heymann Whinery 2008 Cabernet Franc, Washington

Heymann Whinery 2012 Happy Ending, Washington

Heymann Whinery NV Cordially Cranberry, Washington

Heymann Whinery NV Just Peachy, Washington

Honeywood Winery NV Black forest, Oregon

Honeywood Winery NV Niagara, Oregon

Hood Crest Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Hye Meadow Winery 2012 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

Kalala Organic Estate Winery 2009 Dostana, Okanagan Valley

Kalala Organic Estate Winery 2009 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Kalala Organic Estate Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery NV Sparkling Strawberry, British Columbia

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2012 Riesling, Oregon

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2009 Heritage, Columbia Valley

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Locati Cellars 2010 Innovation, Walla Walla Valley

Moraine Estate Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Mt St Helens Cellars NV Sweet Mountain Peach, Washington

Nodland Cellars 2010 Avant-Garde, Walla Walla Valley

Nodland Cellars 2010 Cabernet Saviginon, Walla Walla Valley

Nodland Cellars 2012 Bebop, Columbia Valley

Northwest Cellars 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Page Cellars 2009 Preface, Red Mountain

Perseus Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Perseus Winery 2010 Invictus, Okanagan Valley

Rocky Creek Winery 2012 On The Mark, Okanagan Valley

Samson Estates Winery NV Delilah Blackberry Wine, Washington

Serendipity Winery 2012 Viognier, Okanagan Valley

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard NV Old Koot, Okanagan Valley

Sky River Meadery NV Rose Honey Wine, Washington

Skylite Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

South Stage Cellars 2010 Alchemy, Rogue Valley

South Stage Cellars 2011 Carmenere, Rogue Valley

South Stage Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Oregon

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Malbec, Southern Oregon

Swakane Winery 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Waitsburg Cellars 2012 Cheninieres, Columbia Valley

Westport Winery NV Ancient Mariner, Washington

Westport Winery NV Dawn Patrol, Washington

Whidbey Island Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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