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St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfschen Riesling Kabinett 2011

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

A beautiful harmony runs through this big, lush, refreshing wine. A rich, creamy texture and clean slate notes balance intense peach and lime. Great density of flavor and fresh, lively fruits will surely make this your new favorite springtime sipper.

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Winery: St. Urbans-Hof
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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St. Urbans-Hof:
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

External Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfschen Riesling Kabinett

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

A beautiful harmony runs through this big, lush, refreshing wine. A rich, creamy texture and clean slate notes balance intense peach and lime. Great density of flavor and fresh, lively fruits will surely make this your new favorite springtime sipper.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

Semi-sweet with flavors of gooseberry, grapefruit, and black currant. The refreshing acidity gives this wine structure and the ability to age gracefully.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

Delicious, this is a veritable cascade of minerals, custard, lime and spice packed into a sleek frame. Creamy, yet vibrant, it ends with a lipsmacking tang. Drink now through 2009.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

The fresh, lively mouthfeel and crisp lemon, grapefruit and green apple flavors more than make up for an offputting sulfur smell when the bottle is first opened. Airing it before tasting, or aging it another six months or more should be all the help it needs.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

A big Kabinett, in the sense of its intense aromas and flavors of peach, lime and slate, weaving throughout a creamy texture. Itrsquo;s dense yet sinewy, with a wonderful sense of harmony. Fine length, too. Drink now through 2015.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

An elegant and delicate Riesling with a strong mineral structure. The flavors are like that of exotic fruit such as mango, papaya and gooseberry. It has a refreshing effervescence and an earthy, smoky nose.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

St. Urbans-Hof, named for Germanyandrsquo;s patron saint of winemaking, was founded in 1947 by the grandfather of currant owner-winemaker Nik Weis. The estate comprises about 80 acres of vineyards, including a prime 15-acre portion of the renowned Bockstein, completed in 2009 with the purchase of the last 2.5 acres of Zickelgarten, considered to be the best parcel of Ockfener Bockstein. St-Urbans-Hofandrsquo;s other great site, Piesporter Gold-trandouml;pfchen, usually garners the higher ratings, but in andrsquo;09, Bockstein stars.


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