Eroica Riesling 2008

Posted: March 12, 2012 in USA
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Eroica Riesling 2008

By Spitting: Optional

Variety: Riesling

Region: Columbia Valley, USA


Overview: I’ve noticed this wine springing up here and there receiving great write ups, 94 points from America’s Wine & Spirits magazine, 93 points from Wine Enthusiast, 91 from Wine Advocate and 90 Points from Wine Spectator, just to name a few so I thought I should pick up a bottle for myself. The reason why I found this wine intriguing is that it not only from the Columbia Valley in America but also because it is a collaboration of Chateau Ste. Michelle, a Washington producer and the famed German winemaker Ernst Loosen, known for the Dr. Loosen wines from Mosel. Riesling has had a tough life, it is one of the most underrated varieties mainly because it has been mistreated over the years, in the 60’s and 70’s it was blended with just about every other white variety in existence eg, Traminer/Riesling, I’m not quite sure why, maybe just to get it in the mouths of everyday wine drinkers and then went through a period of popularity but not because of its character, cellaring potential and perfect balance but because it could be made into a sweet wine. You can ask anyone now who was in the height of their drinking age in the 80’s if they would like to try a Riesling and they would say, ‘Oh no, I don’t like sweet wine’ but the fact is that most Australian and Alsatian Rieslings are dry. Germanic styles are sweeter but perfectly balanced. All I can say is ‘Damn you Blue Nun!’

Tasting Note: The initial character I picked up on the nose was orange sherbet, this follows through to the palate and is joined by flavours of green apple, clean minerality, lime juice and a lingering saltiness. Yes, saltiness, chloride can be found in grapes. It finishes with a lovely, linear acidity.

Final Say: I have to say, I was intrigued by this wine and have been chomping at the bit to try it. It lives up to the hype however I did find the saltiness interesting. Australian Rieslings in particular tend to have a higher chloride component to the grape which has found them often criticized by lovers of international Rieslings. I find the saltiness adds another mouth watering sensation to the wine. There is a touch of residual sugar in this wine but nowhere as near as sweet as a Kabinett Riesling. I picked mine up for $45 a bottle and it’s a perfect match with pork.

Score: 18 Freakin’ awesome, keep the collaboration going! (90 out of 100)        

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Jack Davis

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