Friday, August 27, 2010

Ben-efits & Best Buds over Bourbon or Beringer Cabernet But We Rise To Riesling (Eroica)

Eroica Riesling, $16.99, 92 points,

Yep, it's true, I haven't the faintest idea how to rate White wines, but since you mentioned it, I'll give you my opinion of this one.

When I first looked at the name on the bottle I thought: "EROTICA", and so did some others I know (MAD MEN would be proud), but at last, the quality of this wine is not far from erotic. It is dry, with crisp citrus, a fine aroma; Eroica is perfect alone or on a hot afternoon or evening of relaxation or fun. Paired with Alaskan King crab, or lightly sauteed scallops with a hint of Cayenne, makes for a great treat.

This is a Chateau Ste Michelle wine from Washington State, but in the German tradition of wine-making.

At $16.99, this was a steal, so I bought three, but should have bought a case.

Eroica means Heroic in Italian, but you knew that.

Eroica also makes for fine listening pleasure:
I scored this wine a 92, but Wine Spectator scored it 90, while Wine And Spirits scored it 94.

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  1. Dennis,

    As you know, Eroica is one of my favourite Rieslings. thanks for the review. Can't wait to pop a bottle of that open during the summer with you.

    Bought a nice bottle of Riesling last night and I wanted to recommend it.

    It's a 2009 bottle of Riesling Sauvage by Georg Breuer. Made in the Rheingau region of Germany. Great dry wine, thought you'd be interested. Maybe it's hard to find in the states, but give it a try if you're out shopping. Cheers

  2. Thanks Ben; I'll be looking for it.

  3. Dennis I've got a couple additional wines I'd like to recommend! Found these today in a small liquor store in Northern Sweden.

    The first one is 2009 Sauvignon Blanc by Quintay. It is a Chilean Wine from the Leyda Valley region. See if you can find it! Great when paired with grilled chicken on my first try of it.

    The second is another 2009 but this one is a Riesling by the St. Clair Family Estate found in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Haven't paired this one yet but it is quite good on its own !

    Let me know if you are able to find either of these! Speak soon

  4. Ben, thanks for the heads-up; I'll be on the look-out, but didn't find them on the NHLS web-site.

  5. Ben, I found this on the 2008 vintage: 89 points from a respected sommelier who said: "a little tropical action on the back-end (guava, pineapple); a little stone; some smoke; PALATE-nice minerality; lot of flint and blue stone; with a squirt of lemon; like Sprite; very bright; very lively; I like the bright fruit; a fig component coming in on the finish; nice acidity on the back-end as well. . ."
    GV-Wine Library.