2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica

Rating: ★★★★☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen
Variety: Riesling
Designation: Eroica
Region: USA
Sub-region: Washington, Columbia Valley
ABV: 11.5%
Price: $35 (BC LDB)

He says: Mmmmm, I absolutely loved this wine, and it’s priced right, even in BC. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up more of this wine to keep for dinner parties or just to spice up a regular Tuesday night. It has a seductively elegant nose that doesn’t leap out of the glass, and the same can be said for the palate. You’ll taste a gamut of flavors from tart citrus and mineral stone, to sweet green apples, but never feel overpowered by any aspect. The finish is a perfect balance of tartness/sweetness, and doesn’t stop short. For me, this is an excellent wine, and I understand why an Old World producer like Dr. Loosen believes in the Riesling potential of the Pacific Northwest.

She says: A wonderful example of a beautifully balanced, elegant Riesling, and from Washington State no less! The rather restrained nose was quickly blown away by the zippy yet lush mouth feel. Citrus and apple flavors were interwoven with strong minerality. Overall it was the balance and elegance that made it the winner for me.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, pale lemon, hints of green
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, citrus, green apple, mineral, hint of petrol
Tastes like: Dry to off-dry, med+ acid, med body, med intensity, lemon, lime, citrus, green apple, mineral, med alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Excellent, Ready to drink/Can develop further

5 comments to 2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica

  • Marcus Aurelius

    I like this wine a lot as well, but I find it just a little too elegant for my liking (i.e. not enough intensity). I personally like the dry and more intense style of Riesling wines offered by Grosset and Tantalus (older vintages only), but would certainly not turn down a glass of Eroica if it was offered to me.

    It will be interesting to see how this wine develops over time, especially the interplay between the petrol and fruit aromas/flavours. If the two can find a balance, this could be a very interesting wine down the road.

  • spartacuswines

    This sux, this wine can not be found on Vancouver Island anywhere! With all the limitations of the BCLCB were is the benefit… to anyone? With the new HST,and booz laws in BC. My wife and I went out for dinner the other night and a quick scan of the Cactus Club told my there booz sales have to be suffering. I was driving and drank water, and the wife had one glass of wine.

    • WCVR

      Hey Sparty,
      One of the (only) benefits of the BC LDB is that you can ask them to order in the wine for you. Just give them the SKU number (611889) and they’ll bring it into your local BC LDB at no cost. I’ve done it in the past and it’s a decent service.

      As for new laws and liquor: people are going to continue to stay home and not frequent restaurants. We definitely do that more and more these days as HST affects the cost of food, and the wine markup is already super high due to import taxes. We’d rather have a relaxing night in with a home cooked meal, and drink a few bottles of wine at a decent price saving ourselves hundreds of dollars. The Government is killing the restaurant industry with all these new taxes/regulations.


  • The regular Ste Michelle did the job for me this weekend….$16 well spent

  • That’s a great wine. Can get it for $6 down in WA state. Cheaper than bottled water.

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