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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett Ockfener Bockstein 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is such a great value, full of floral and mineral tones that add depth and complexity to the succulent lime and Asian pear toned fruit. It's a real kabinett, light and airy with just a touch of sweetness backed up by big, juicy acids that drive the finish. The balance here is really almost perfect for a wine of this weight and while this is not the most complex, nor age-worthy style of Riesling, it is absolutely delicious. 90pts

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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

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,085
4.00 5
03/24/2010

This is such a great value, full of floral and mineral tones that add depth and complexity to the succulent lime and Asian pear toned fruit. It's a real kabinett, light and airy with just a touch of sweetness backed up by big, juicy acids that drive the finish. The balance here is really almost perfect for a wine of this weight and while this is not the most complex, nor age-worthy style of Riesling, it is absolutely delicious. 90pts


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Snooth User: ddquinn
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5.00 5
10/07/2010

Five glasses


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

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/07/2009

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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