St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Auslese Ockfener Bockstein 2009

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Fascinating bouquet of licorice, honey, fennel, apple, citrus and pure botrytisin. Rich and dense on the palate, yet somehow conveys an impression of lightness. Exudes juicy, appley fruit and honey that mingle with brown spices and stony minerality in the finish. Quite refined and long, with hints of white raisin, honey, herbal distillate, apple jelly, citrus and spice.

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

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Fascinating bouquet of licorice, honey, fennel, apple, citrus and pure botrytisin. Rich and dense on the palate, yet somehow conveys an impression of lightness. Exudes juicy, appley fruit and honey that mingle with brown spices and stony minerality in the finish. Quite refined and long, with hints of white raisin, honey, herbal distillate, apple jelly, citrus and spice.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Vivid and tensile, exhibiting lime, candied berry and slate aromas and flavors that ride the tightly coiled frame. This is ripe and steely at once, with a lingering graphite and mineral recoil. Best from 2014 through 2050.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright and clean, with a little reduction on the nose today, followed by apricot, slate and spice flavors. Elegant and lively. Hard to keep your hands off. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

An opulent and complex Riesling with extensive length and aromas of selected, very ripe and sweet fruits. The spicy flavors are reminiscent of lychee, nutmeg and white pepper.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Toasty spice, apple preserves and candied lemon are revealed on the nose as the palate shows true apple jelly essence as well as spice. The mouthfeel is polished and honeyed, while the Riesling's clean acidity allows the fresh fruit flavors to express their lively characteristics. The finish is long and reminiscent of freshly-made apple cobbler.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Dripping with rose, apricot, honey, lime and slate aromas and flavors, this vivid '01 auslese is racy and trasparent in structure. Long finish. Drink now through 2012.



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