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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett Ockfener Bockstein 2007

Member Review by Philip James:

A very nice wine. Low in alcohol (8.5%), so don't expect it to get you drunk. The lower alcohol makes the wine lighter in mouthfeel than others. Opens with a really nice nose - golden sugar baked pears. Its off dry, but counter balanced with a nice spritz of acidity. Honeysuckle and green apple flavors dominate on the slightly tart finish. Exhibits really great balance. There's some light oily, smokey, character - it is Riesling... But, its still a delicate wine. Very nice.

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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

Member Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett Ockfener Bockstein

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Snooth User: Philip James
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04/09/2009

A very nice wine. Low in alcohol (8.5%), so don't expect it to get you drunk. The lower alcohol makes the wine lighter in mouthfeel than others. Opens with a really nice nose - golden sugar baked pears. Its off dry, but counter balanced with a nice spritz of acidity. Honeysuckle and green apple flavors dominate on the slightly tart finish. Exhibits really great balance. There's some light oily, smokey, character - it is Riesling... But, its still a delicate wine. Very nice.


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

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
02/29/2008

Upon release this wine is truly showing incredible richness. The fruit is citrus driven with stone fruits. The acidity and mineral tang give this delicious Riesling incredible balance. It's off-dry (meaning not bone dry) on the palate and truly a mouthwatering white wine.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A vivid Riesling that crackles on the palate with fireworks of black currant, violet, lime and slate. There's also a savory aspect that lingers on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Reminiscent of old fashioned apple pie, where the baker let the heirloom apples show their natural acid and sweetness. Yet another outstanding Saar wine from Nik Weis.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Orange blossom, lemon, smoky crushed stone, and pungent lavender are mingled with slight yeastiness in the nose of Weis's 2007 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett, whose relatively high 9% alcohol (a legacy of sheer ripeness) does not prevent it fulfilling its duty as Kabinett to be delicate and engagingly juicy. Fresh apple and a lick of salt in the penetrating, pungently zesty finish enhance the refreshment offered by an excellent value that will no doubt give pleasure for close to a decade.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Deep in color, offering floral, tangerine and mineral aromas and flavors. Though light-bodied and bright, this is concentrated, with a lingering, orange-infused aftertaste. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Fine cut and delineation to the lime, vanilla cream and slate flavors in this expressive Riesling. Balanced and vibrant, with a midpalate succulence that cruises to a long, mineral-, salt-, floral-tinged finish. Best from 2008 through 2018.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A stellar selection from one of our favorite German Riesling producers. Lithe and elegant, with beautiful peach, green apple and racy lemon-lime fruit notes. With excellent focus and a strong mineral and citrus background, the St Urbans-Hof is a winner for many fish and chicken dishes, as well as pasta salad or fresh veggies.


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