Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It Was A Long Cool Bottle

The Eroica label is the joint venture of two great winemakers, Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates and Ernst Loosen of Dr. Loosen Estates. Named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, it is an excellent example of mixing both Old World and New World technique and philosophy...a lively, bold, sumptuous wine.

Vineyards in Eastern Washington’s Yakima Valley along with 24% of Riesling grapes from the Horse Heaven Vineyard in the Columbia Valley contributed to the final blend.

Eroica delivers a unique combination of tangerine aromas characteristic of Washington state Riesling, melded with the mineral and slate notes and lively, crisp acidity associated with German Riesling. The 2004 vintage continues toward the Germanic style with added complexity and refinement.”--Bob Bertheau, Winemaker

Upon opening this bottle, we realized that it still had potential for aging, due to the wine's structure. Structure is the interplay of fruit, acid, alcohol and tannins. When they are nicely matched and balanced a wine is called ‘well integrated’.

As the Hollies sang:

"She was a long cool woman in a black dress" (actually it was a long green bottle)