Chateau Ste. Michelle - Dr. Loosen 2002 "Eroica" Columbia Valley Riesling ($19.99)
More American than Germanic in style, this is a clear, pale-gold color wine, with subtle but impressively complex aromas that blend apples, tangerine peel, pine needles and a distant whiff of the minerally "petrol" that's sometimes characteristic of Riesling. Full and dry but rather soft, it shows an unexpected prickly mouthfeel that suggests slight carbonation in the bottle. Fresh-fruit acidity becomes more evident in the long, lemony finish. Interesting, a bit awkward, might benefit from a little cellar time. US Importer: (Dec 17, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a seasonal dish of potato pancakes and applesauce.



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