Ch Ste Michelle-Dr. Loosen Riesling receives highest ever Spectator score for a Washington wine

The good news. The 2005 Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica Single Berry Select has received a 98 point rating from Wine Spectator. This score was published in the June 24th edition of Wine Spectator Insider. The 98 point score matches the highest Wine Spectator score received for a Washington wine. A 98 point score was previously given to the 2000 vintage of this same wine. It is also matches the highest score received in Wine Spectator for an American Riesling.

The bad news. A 375ml bottle of this dessert wine will run you $200.

Read more about this wine here.

Your consolation prize? For 1/4 the price, the 2005 Poet's Leap Botrytis Riesling. Check it out here.

I know. You are thinking you are supposed to feel better about that 1/4 price for that 1/2 bottle. Truly though, it's like saving money.

Sean P. Sullivan


  1. I was interested in the part of the press release where they mentioned re-releasing 10 years post-vintage. I assume that means that at some point in 2010, both 98-point scorers will be available. I shudder at what the price point will be for the 2000 vintage upon re-release in 2010. I'm setting the over-under at $300 per 375 ml.

  2. I enjoyed reading that part of the press release as well. I'm thinking it will make those who picked the wines up for $200 feel like they got a deal. Also of note is that the 2000 was similarly priced at $200 so if you factor in inflation, the 2005 is a steal - probably $185 in 2009 dollars.