By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.eroicawine.com
Chateau Saint Michelle produces more riesling than any other single producer and a part of its program for this wonderful varietal is the Eroica program. It’s a label that produces rieslings with an old-meets-new world approach. This particular single berry select harnesses the know how of the famous Dr. Loosen of Germany.
It’s made using the Trockenbeerenauslese method, which is essentially taking harvested grapes that have noble rot (Botrytis) on them. This gray fungus makes for wines that are rich in color, sweet and full bodied. The Sauternes region of France has made wines in this style very famous as well as Germany.
- TA: :1.43g/100 ml
- pH: 3.37Alcohol: 7.1%
- Residual sugar: 41g/100ml
- Blend: 100% Riesling
- Brix at Harvest: 51.9
- Harvest date: October 30, 2006
- Cases produced: 18.5
- Price: $200
Nose: Beautiful overtones of peaches, apricots, limestone, clove honey, carnations and oranges.
Taste: First off all, this is definitely a wine you’ll want to sip on and not gulp – it has the consistancy of fruit cocktail juice. It comes across with flavors of pineapple and apricot marmalade along with a hint of sweet spices, honey and blood oranges. It has an incredibly lucious mouthfeel that’s typical of wines made from noble rot – it’s balanced and lingers on for months. A nearly perfect wine for cheese platters and “stinky” cheeses or even fruit-driven desserts.
In the end, it’s a bit complicated to rate a wine like this as it will indeed have a very polarizing impact on a lot of casual wine drinkers. There will be those who are attracted to the sweetness for sure and yet the other crowd who will appreciate the apparent craftsmanship it took to make a wine like this. I fall on the latter.