2012 Chateau Ste Michelle-Dr. Loosen "Eroica" Columbia Valley Riesling
Wine & Spirits
The best Eroicas glide across the palate with a drive informed by lime zest and apple, all held by a mineral tether. This 2012 by contrast, while not lacking for energy, lingers beautifully, its scents going more the route of grapefruit and apple, the flavors weightier, the hint of petrol giving the wine intensity, length, even gravitas.
Continuing a long-running streak of excellence, the latest vintage of Eroica blends fruit from vineyards in the Lake Chelan, Yakima Valley, Royal Slope and Horse Heaven Hills regions. It’s a rich mix of peach and papaya, creamy and slightly sweet (16.6 g/L). The citrusy acids keep a fine edge on the lush flavors.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
And last of the whites and one of the top Rieslings I was able to taste from Washington, the 2012 Riesling Eroica offers up racy, well-defined aromas and flavors of star fruit, citrus rind, green apple and edgy minerality on the nose. Medium-bodied, off-dry through the mid-palate and clean and fresh on the finish, it’s a delicious, textbook Riesling that would be a prefect meal starter or to pair up with spicier fare. Drink bottles over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(12% alcohol; 3.0 pH; 16.6 g/l r.s.): Pale, green-tinged yellow with CO2 in suspension. Lively aromas of lime peel, white peach, licorice and spring flowers are complicated by brown spices. Grapefruit and white peach flavors combined with bracing acidity and the firming effect of CO2 keep this intense riesling considerably drier than the numbers suggest; tastes like a very cool fermentation. Still a bit unyielding: give this wine a good aeration to dissipate the gas if you plan to open a bottle any time soon. At this level of quality, this is very reasonably priced.
*Best Buys* Light and open-textured, with a touch of sweetness to the apple and green olive flavors, weaving a floral note into the deftly balanced finish. Drink now through 2016.