2005 Eroica, Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington, $22, 25,000 cases. A special partnership between German and American winemakers, this is usually at the top of Washington Rieslings. Light gold in color, the nose is packed with pure peach aromas. Off-dry at 1.6 percent residual sugar, the acidity manages to carry it pretty well. You’ll get a blast of peaches in the mouth as well, which lingers endlessly on the palate; 89/89.
I first tried 2000 Eroica about 4 1/2 years ago, and found it to be truly captivating. Then the 2001 vintage showed up and I found myself quite disappointed. I haven't tried it since that time. Is it time to come back?