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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Auslese Ockfener Bockstein 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

Elderflower, lilac, violet, and rose are the floral notes attributed to these wines along with the aforementioned smoky minerality. These Ockfener Bockstein are the most refined and playful of St. Urbans-Hof's wines.

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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 Riesling Auslese Ockfener Bockstein

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

Supple, with plenty of juiciness to the peach cobbler and apple tart flavors, which are accented by notes of lemon zest. Butter pastry accents mark the finish. Drink now through 2035.


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

Honeydew melon, lime, and green apple with decided tart, piquant contributions from their respective rinds inform a concentrated 2010 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese as bright and energetic — though more severe — than its Spatlese counterpart (from the same Zickelgarten sector). Here is a case of a 2010 more impressive than it is charming and very much in need of time not just to show where it will later be headed but also simply to relax and show more differentiation of flavor.



Elderflower, lilac, violet, and rose are the floral notes attributed to these wines along with the aforementioned smoky minerality. These Ockfener Bockstein are the most refined and playful of St. Urbans-Hof's wines.

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