Siegerrebe, a grape variety first crossed in Germany about a century ago, is a crossing of Madeline Angevine and Gewürztraminer. It's a grape that can withstand a wet climate, and is one of a few varieties that does well in the San Juan Islands.
These grapes were certified organic, and the wine had a highly aromatic nose, similar to Gewürztraminer. The sulfur levels were uncomfortably high for my tastes, but other than that the wine was well balanced and sound.
The wine is labeled as a "Washington State" wine, and it's a blend of chardonnay from two vineyards in two AVAs. This chardonnay was lovely! Well balanced and a good, trustworthy bottle to look for.
Ross Andrew gets this fruit from Boushey Vineyard, a high elevation vineyard in Yakima and Columbia Valley AVAs. The area has a large diurnal temperature swing, and that in combination with the loam soil over basalt help to compose a highly interesting syrah.
"Eroica" is the name of Beethoven's third symphony-- a work originally dedicated to Napoleon, but Beethoven revoked the dedication after being dismayed when Napoleon declared himself Emperor.