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St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2013

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Lime, white grapefruit, black currant and honey in an intense aromatic display. Liqueur-like presentation of black and citrus fruits on the palate, along with notes of licorice and sweet florality. Drippingly rich and juicy finish.

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Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905, Nik Weis' grandfather) founded the winery in 1947. In the early years he built cellars and winery buildings on a hill on Leiwen's periphery. He named his estate for the patron saint of German winemakers, St. Urban, and 'hof' (the German word for 'estate'), St. Urban's Es... Read more
Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905, Nik Weis' grandfather) founded the winery in 1947. In the early years he built cellars and winery buildings on a hill on Leiwen's periphery. He named his estate for the patron saint of German winemakers, St. Urban, and 'hof' (the German word for 'estate'), St. Urban's Estate. In the 1960s his son, Hermann, assumed management of all operations. During Hermann's tenure the nursery expanded to become one of Germany's largest. He established himself as a world-recognized vine breeder, especially noted for his work with Riesling. At the beginning of the 1970s he pioneered the use of this noble variety in Canada greatly contributing to the introduction of vitis vinifera into this country still new to quality winemaking. He planted the first large parcel of Riesling vines in the Niagara Peninsula under the title of St. Urban Vineyard, later to become Vineland Estates Winery. Hermann was always interested in, and so kept his canny eye cocked towards, purchasing top Mosel vineyards. In 1989 he purchased some of the Mosel and Saar's top sites in the high-level villages of Piesport, Ockfen, and Wiltingen. Together with his wife Ida, a daughter of the Saar, he extended his vineyard area to the relatively expansive 33 hectares (approx. 82 acres). In 1997, their son, Nik(olaus) joined the winery. Father and son together restructured the vineyard holdings by selling off those of lesser quality and acquiring further parcels of greater quality. 2004 heralded another expansion for the Weis family with Nik's marriage to Daniela who added to the family's holdings with her's of the Mehringer Blattenberg. Nik and Daniela's family today includes their small children Nic(olaus) and Clara. Read less

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Vintage: 2001 05/04/2008

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Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

Lime, white grapefruit, black currant and honey in an intense aromatic display. Liqueur-like presentation of black and citrus fruits on the palate, along with notes of licorice and sweet florality. Drippingly rich and juicy finish.


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Vintage: 2010 11/15/2013

Shy up front, but comes on strong midpalate, with lemon-lime, apple and red peach flavors. The lithe, crisp finish features notes of slate and spice. Drink now through 2032.


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Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

Displays very spicy aromas, with a hint of flowers and savory elements. This is firm and tight, offering the vivid structure that drives its raisin, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Finishes with a flourish of apple and slate. Drink now through 2030.


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Vintage: 2010 11/15/2013

Apricot, quince and persimmon dominate the bouquet. The smoky, wet stone minerality keeps the sweet, ripe peach flavor in check. Persistent tropical fruit flavors with a hint of slate make for a long, complex finish.


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Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

A brilliant 2003 Riesling. Backward yet complex and nutty, with plenty of slate character. Impeccably balanced and long, with floral, apricot, herb and citrus notes unfolding along its length. Best from 2006 through 2016.


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Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

Nik Weis' wines are often so reductive that they are hard to taste young, and this is no exception. But behind that feral, reductive stink is a wealth of concentrated, golden fruit, as smooth and juicy as a Charentais melon. The acidity builds beautifully, holding the flavors long. So buy it, forget about it for at least six years, then revel in it with a crown roast of pork.


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Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

St. Urbans-Hof's 2009 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese smells of musk melon, pink grapefruit, and lightly caramelized apple, along with a rather odd brininess that I can only describe as anchovy-like. Intense salinity along with alkalinity, animal muskiness and effusively ripe fruit thus dominate on a palate of enveloping richness and caressing softness, if one possessed of less sheer refreshment than the best wines of its collection. This product of St. Urbans-Hof's ungrafted section of Goldtropfchen vines will be fascinating to follow but I would revisit it in another year or two before handicapping its aging potential.


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