And a New Eroica Vintage is Born…

Erni Loosen recently headed to Woodinville, Washington, to join winemakers Bob Bertheau and Wendy Stuckey for the annual blending of Eroica Riesling, a joint venture between Dr. Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle. Here are some pictures for an insider’s look at the making of this fabulous wine.

First tasting session. They started with 63 lots of Riesling from various vineyards and narrowed the list down to half that by the day's end, reaching toward a final blend of six or eight.
Bob and Erni get deeper into round one of the Eroica selection tasting.
The Eroica team has finished the blending of the new vintage. Very pure and bright and minerally. A perfect reflection of the cool growing season and late-arriving harvest. The new vintage will be released in early summer this year.
More tasting! The Eroica team tastes through eight vintages of the Eroica Single Berry Select, a TBA style dessert Riesling from Washington, through 2010. The 2011 is still fermenting.