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WTN: Winner Riesling from Washington

by Randy Buckner » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:15 am

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.
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Re: WTN: Winner Riesling from Washington

by ClarkDGigHbr » Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:27 am

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?

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Re: WTN: Winner Riesling from Washington

by Randy Buckner » Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:11 pm

Clark, you echo my sentiments. The first one was pretty good, then they seemed to go down. This one has returned to the top. It actually has some acidity -- my main complaint with New World Rieslings.

Another point. You won't find the petrol/slate nuances of Germany that I love. For the same price point, I can get some pretty nice Spatlese wines.

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