Among Old World Riesling producers of Europe, Riesling is renowned for its capacity to age beautifully for decades. For centuries, aged Rieslings have been the benchmark of quality. This spring Eroica, the first American Riesling to offer aged vintages, will re-release 2007 Eroica Riesling cellared for an additional five years of bottle age and 2001 Eroica Single Berry Select ten years post-vintage.
Eroica’s aged Rieslings are ground-breaking for New World Riesling and a milestone for the special partnership of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen that began in 1999. Winemakers Bob Bertheau and Ernst Loosen have worked shoulder to shoulder to identify cool sites at higher elevations and transform Riesling viticulture practices to allow for long hang time, the period late in the growing season when fully ripened Riesling grapes develop maximum aromas and flavors without excess sugars while retaining high acid and low pH – factors essential to aging.
Young Eroica Riesling vintages show beautiful bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced minerality. 2010 Eroica Riesling exudes fragrant aromas of mandarin peel and white peach with underlying mineral notes and acidity on the palate, the ‘Eroica style’. Over time, the wine begins to evolve and mature. The 2007 Eroica Riesling, still showing the crisp acidity of the 2007 vintage, is becoming drier and more complex and intense on the palate accompanied by lemon rind, dried apricot, spice and secondary bottle-aged aromas.
2001 Eroica Single Berry Select Riesling is an ultra rich, concentrated yet elegant wine with intense aromas of dried apricot, honey and sweet spice. Appealing flavors of ripe pineapple, white peach and honey are complemented by a long smooth finish tinged with clove. With more than a decade of age, the wine is taking on a beautiful amber gold color.