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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

2005 Eroica Riesling

This is a label put out by Chateau Ste Michelle and goes for around $20 a bottle. The wine was originally called Bonaparte, but after Napoleon declared himself emperor the winemaker violently scratched out the name “Bonaparte” and replaced it with “Eroica.”

My apologies for the sad attempt at humor.

The nose is peaches and tropical fruit.

The palate...well, I have to say this is probably one of the finest Rieslings we’ve had in some time, and by far the best American Riesling we’ve ever had. Crisp, tangy acid, a very nice bit of sweetness–perfectly balanced. Lots of peaches on the palate, some nectarine, tangerine, a bit limey, even some strawberry, and some nice minerals,

A clean finish, except for a bit of tropical fruit...pineapple perhaps, but I can’t help but think banana...lingers slightly for quite some time.

Impressive to the say the least. Strongly recommended.

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