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Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2016 750ML

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Retail: $20.99
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    Points to Purchase:360
    Points Earned:17
    Bonus Points Earned:0
    Brand: Eroica

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    Tasting Notes:
    Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and mandarin orange aromas with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. Eroica is a blended statement of the finest Riesling vineyards in the state. To achieve our Eroica style we strive for bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker

    Vintage:
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    The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer, but also a cool fall season.
    * Cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in longer hang time for the grapes and the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15).
    * Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with ripeness and elegance.

    Vineyards:
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    Eroica begins in the vineyard with Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau collaborating on site selection, irrigation management, crop levels and canopy management.
    * They work with vineyard managers to adjust yields and manage fruit exposure to prolong the ripening season for added flavor development of these cooler climate vineyards.
    * Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA provided over half of the fruit for the 2016 blend (66%).
    * Viewcrest, and Jacona vineyards also contributed to the blend.

    Winemaking:
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    To protect flavor intensity, grapes were harvested at night when the vineyard temperatures were coldest.
    * Berries went direct to press, avoiding the possible loss of freshness caused by a crusher/destemmer.
    * A cool fermentation created a seamless integration of fruit, sugar and acid. Fruit-driven yeasts with slower fermentation rates were used to slow down fermentation and heighten fruit flavors.
    * Ernst Loosen and Bob Bertheau considered dozens of small lots, each reflecting a slight difference in character depending on where the grapes were grown, resulting in the complexity of the final blend.

    TA: 0.74 g/100ml
    pH: 3.01
    Alcohol: 12%