Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Eroica Gold, Columbia Valley, $30

By on November 8, 2015

eroica-gold-rieslingHistoric Mosel Riesling producer Ernst Loosen and Bob Bertheau take a sweet and luxurious approach with this high-end tier of Eroica, a brand named for Beethoven’s Third Symphony. While the famed original-style Eroica checks in at 1.5% residual sugar, this is akin to a late harvest Riesling at 6.6% RS. That sweetness from a hot vintage is hinted at the nose of canned pineapple, honeydew melon, Bartlett pear and Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, joined by baking spices and a whiff of petrol. Between the gums, it offers fruit cocktail flavors with guava and center-cut pineapple. Suggested pairings include Asian dishes, Indian curries, crab and scallops.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 4,500 cases

Alcohol: 11%

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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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