Eroica 2009 Riesling - 91pts

Eroica 2009 Riesling (Columbia Valley) Washington State - USA

Availability: Private wine shops
Cost: $20-30
Alcohol: 12%
Date Tasted: June 20th, 2011

Tasting Notes: Not quite the blockbuster that the 2008 vintage offered, but a fabulous Riesling nonetheless with classic lemon, grapefruit and ripe apple aromas on the subtle, yet layered nose and concentrated citrus, herbs, apple and kiwi flavours on the effervescent, textured palate. Nearly off-dry sweetness compliments the prominent mineral notes on the palate and which contribute to the focused, coolness of the developing bouquet.

Produced from Columbia Valley fruit, the Eroica Riesling is a joint venture between Washington State's Chateau Ste Michelle and Germany's Dr. Loosen. The collaboration produces a spectacular Riesling year-in, year-out which seems to celebrate vintage variation rather than try to overcome it. Drinking beautifully now but will also reward careful cellaring with further development. Drink 2011-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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