Chateau Ste. Michelle, Eroica Riesling 2017

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    Riesling 100%

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    Bob Berthau

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Eroica is a labour of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers Germany's Dr Loosen and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. Named after Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration. This Riesling offers sweet lime and tangerine aromas with subtle mineral notes, and a mouth-watering acidity that is beautifully balanced by the generously fruity Washington grapes.

Production Notes

Eroica begins in the vineyard with Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau collaborating on site selection, irrigation management, crop levels and canopy management. ~ They work with vineyard managers to adjust yields and manage fruit exposure to prolong the ripening season for added fl avor development of these cooler climate vineyards. ~ Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA provided the backbone for the 2014 blend. ~ Zillah Ranch and Whiskey Canyon vineyards in the Yakima Valley also contributed to the blend. The berries went directly to the press, avoiding the possible loss of freshness caused by a crusher / de-stemmer. A cool fermentation created a seamless integration of fruit, sugar and acid, while selected fruit-driven yeasts, with slower fermentation rates, were used to prolong fermentation in order to further heighten fruit flavours. Ernst Loosen and Bob Bertheau considered dozens of small lots, each reflecting a unique character depending on where the grapes were grown; this is reflected in the complexity of the final blend.

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Producer Profile

Forty years ago, Washington state was a fledgling wine region with only a handful of wineries. Today, the founding winery of the state, Chateau Ste. Michelle, has helped Washington grow into the second largest wine producing region in America. In 2017 Chateau Ste. Michelle celebrated its 40th year of Washington winemaking. Originally founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington state and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle label since 1967. 'It is exciting to be a part of that heritage and it is what initially attracted me to Chateau Ste. Michelle' says Bob Bertheau, head winemaker. 'I try to honor that legacy by taking advantage of our vineyard research and using innovative winemaking techniques to help Chateau Ste. Michelle maintain that pioneering spirit into the future. Overall, the mission of the winery has not changed in over forty bring consumers world-class wines from Washington state. The roots of the winerys date back to after the repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed in 1934 and began producing fruit wines in Washington. The two companies merged in 1954 to form American Wine Growers and continued to produce mostly fortified sweet wines. But interest in table wines was growing, as was the belief that Washington state was well suited to produce more sophisticated wines. In the mid-60s, research projects conducted by Washington State University offered promising information about growing European (vinifera) grapes varieties in eastern Washington. American Wine Growers experimented first with Grenache, then planted White Riesling in 1965 in the Yakima Valley, followed later by Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Semillon. These early efforts were met with praise from the greater wine community and in 1967 American Wine Growers began a new line of premium vinifera wines called Ste. Michelle Vintners under the direction of legendary California winemaker and consultant Andre Tchelistcheff. As part of its exclusive new focus on vinifera varietals, Ste. Michelle Vintners planted its Cold Creek Vineyard in eastern Washington in 1972. Cold Creek Vineyard remains one of the oldest and most renowned vineyards in the state. Ste. Michelle was catapulted into the national spotlight when its 1972 Johannisberg Riesling won the now-famous blind tasting of nineteen White Rieslings sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. With its new found fame and rapid growth came the need for a new home. In 1976 Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style Chateau in Woodinville, outside of Seattle, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle to reflect its new facility. As the winery grew, so did recognition for the increasingly top quality wines being produced in Washington state. In 1984, Chateau Ste. Michelle led the way in obtaining federal recognition of the Columbia Valley in eastern Washington as a unique wine growing region or American Viticulture Area (AVA). In the early 1990s, Chateau Ste. Michelle planted its premier vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate in eastern Washington and later built its red wine facility at the site in 1994. The 1990s also saw Chateau Ste. Michelle form the first international winemaking partnerships with two of the most distinguished vintners in the world: Col Solare, an alliance with Piero Antinori was announced in 1998 and Eroica Riesling, a partnership with the Ernst Loosen in 1999. Today, Chateau Ste. Michelle is not only recognized for pioneering vinifera grape growing in the Columbia Valley, but is also a leader in modern day viticultural research. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions. The winery is known for its highly acclaimed Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet.