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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Auslese Ockfener Bockstein 2004

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

The 2004 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese A.P. #24 preserves considerable brightness and an airy, open personality in comparison with the sappy, slate-y density of the corresponding Spatlese. Flowe... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Riesling wine from Mosel Saar Ruwer in Germany. 2004 St Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese 750ml

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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

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06/14/2008

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External Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Auslese Ockfener Bockstein

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/20/2010

The 2004 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese A.P. #24 preserves considerable brightness and an airy, open personality in comparison with the sappy, slate-y density of the corresponding Spatlese. Flowe... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Riesling wine from Mosel Saar Ruwer in Germany. 2004 St Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Deep in color, with exotic, candied aromas and flavors of lemon, grapefruit, tarragon and honey. It’s an exaggerated style, but very attractive, with tart acidity. Fine length. Drink now through 2025.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Deep in color, with exotic, candied aromas and flavors of lemon, grapefruit, tarragon and honey. Itandrsquo;s an exaggerated style, but very attractive, with tart acidity. Fine length. Drink now through 2025.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Approximately one month later, the Bockstein Riesling that remained hanging resulted in a 2004 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Eiswein possessed of an almost unbelievably intense, spirituous and yet also lightly caramelized apple, brown spices, flowers, musk, and sharply citric set of aromas. With over 300 grams of residual sugar and nearly 18 grams per liter of total acidity, this wine is off the charts both metaphorically and literally, The mouth feel is virtually gelatinous, T.B.A.-like in its viscosity and its bow in a caramelized direction. The taste superficially resembles apple jelly and fresh lemon juice. For all of the potential of something this exaggerated on paper to taste grotesquely out of balance, somehow the palate registers a seamless whole and an elegant, juicy and refined finish. This rocket ship of a wine is going to go into a long, slow orbit for at least a quarter century.



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