Eroica has been recognized by critics as a "shining star" in the world of Riesling. In fact, it set the bar for American Riesling by having the first five vintages names to the Wine Spectator Top 100 list.
See what the critics are saying:
Wine & Spirits Commends Eroica Riesling
The Winter 2012 issue of Wine & Spirits praises Eroica as being "consistently one of the most powerful and complex Rieslings produced in the United States..."
2010 Eroica Riesling Receives Praise From Leading Wine Publications!
93 points, Wine & Spirits, April 1, 2012
92 points "Cellar Selection", Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2011
91 points, The Wine Advocate, August 31, 2011
90 points, Wine Spectator, April 30, 2012
Eroica Riesling named to Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2011!
Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling 2009 was named to Wine Enthusiast Magazine's "100 Must-Have Wines of the Year 2011" list at #42 with a 94 point score.
Editor Paul Gregutt praises Eroica for it's quality and ageability. "This wine just gets better with every new vintage. Young and fresh, it hits the palate with lip-puckering acidity, rolling on flavors of lemons, oranges, citrus rind, and then into mango and papaya. Though the residual sugar is listed at 1.6%, it shows only in a pleasing roundness in the lengthy finish. Delicious now, but entirely cellar-worthy for a decade or longer."
Eroica Riesling on the TODAY SHOW!
Eroica Riesling was featured on NBC's TODAY SHOW (May 07, 2010) as one of wine expert Leslie Sbrocco's Mother's Day wine picks. She called it a "sexy sipper" and "one of the best wines made in the country for Riesling."
Watch the video on the Today Show website
New York Times Names Eroica Favorite American Riesling
The New York Times named 2007 Eroica its "favorite" American Riesling in an article about Riesling's popularity by Eric Asimov.
"Our favorite, the 2007 Eroica, is a collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle, the huge Washington winemaker, and Ernst Loosen, the eminent riesling producer from the Mosel region of Germany. The wine is made at Chateau Ste. Michelle from grapes grown in the Columbia Valley. Regardless of where the inspiration comes from, the wine is superb, graceful and tangy, full of mineral, peach and ginger flavors. It is not quite dry, meaning the wine has a bit of residual sugar in it, yet it was so balanced it didn't taste sweet. Chateau Ste. Michelle's ordinary bottling of riesling, made without the help of Mr. Loosen, was No. 6 on our list."
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"(Eroica) is consistently one of the most powerful and complex Rieslings produced in the United States..." Wine & Spirits (Winter 2012)
"Eroica is the finest dry Riesling I've tasted in the United States," Wine Advocate
"Made in partnership with Ernst Loosen, pure with searing fruit acidity; lime, peach and gorgeous fruit; certainly the best Riesling made in the US." - Anthony Dias Blue, Patterson's Tasting Panel Magazine (June 1, 2008)
"Taking its accustomed place at the head of the class as it has in so many past vintages, this latest rendition (2007 Eroica) from Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen is a remarkable wine of impeccable balance and stunning depth," Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (Sept. 1, 2008)
"...An exceptional Riesling worthy of a celebration..." Washington Post, (March 19, 2008)
"Produced in partnership with German luminary Ernst Loosen, this fine-edged, mineral-driven Riesling is simply one of the best produced in the U.S." - Lettie Teague, Food & Wine (June 2007)
"Riesling is on a roll in Washington...much of the excitement has been generated by a collaborative effort between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen, a well-known winemaker from the Moselle River Valley in Germany…The resulting collaboration, Eroica Riesling, has been a stunning success. It's poised to fuel a renaissance that may be as significant as the one sparked when the Drouhins, one of Burgundy's prestigious winemaking families, purchased land in 1988 to grow Pinot in Oregon." - Los Angeles Times (Oct. 19, 2006)
"It is rare that a drink born of an international partnership tastes even remotely like its original inspiration. But a glass of Eroica is about the closest you'll find to sipping the spirit of German riesling poured from an American bottle. And this collaboration between Washington state's Chateau Ste. Michelle and Moselle legend Dr. Loosen is consistently stellar from year to year," Philladelphia Inquirer (Oct. 14, 2006)
"In the mid- to late-1990's, some people grew tired of the ever-more-oaky Chardonnays, and began to look for more interesting whites... "Then Ste Michelle teamed up with Ernst Loosen and created Eroica. That did more to change the way Riesling was thought of locally than anything else." Decanter (April 2007)
"...it (Eroica) may well be the best dry Riesling made in the United States. This is truly a world-class wine, capable of holding its own with top renditions from Alsace and Germany." The Washington Times (Nov. 12, 2003)