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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2003

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

A rich and powerful Riesling, releasing fireworks of fully ripe yellow fruits on the tongue. It has a deep almost oily structure, with demanding fruit reminiscent of dried peach and apricot, which linger long on the palate.

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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 Kabinett Piesporter Goldtröpfchen

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A rich and powerful Riesling, releasing fireworks of fully ripe yellow fruits on the tongue. It has a deep almost oily structure, with demanding fruit reminiscent of dried peach and apricot, which linger long on the palate.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Bright and crisp on the nose, with dominant aromas of candied peach, lemon oil and acacia honey. The lusciously sweet tropical palate maintains a remarkable delicacy in spite of the wine's considerable richness and depth. The long, glossy finish is underscored by slate and offers a refined spiciness. Few ausleses from the vintage possess this much class.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

A spicy style, with a little more zip from the structure. Its apricot, vanilla pastry and nectarine notes are precise. Although slimmer in profile than Reinhold Haartrsquo;s version, this exhibts more mineral quality. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Concentrated and reduced, this is as dense as peach butter and heavy with slatey minerality. Rather than being a detraction, though, the weight mdash; and its persistent acidity mdash; feels like a treasure chest that just requires time before it opens to reveal its jewels. Have a decadersquo;s worth of patience.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Goldtrouml;pfchen is a German term that means ldquo;tiny golden droplets weeping from Riesling berries,rdquo; and the flavor of this wine is the only way to understand what that word truly means. This is a lush, creamy Riesling, which carries flavors from tropical fruits, to nut oils, to black currant and pink grapefruit. The wine is extremely complex while managing to be delightfully elegant and delicate.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The St. Urbans-Hof 2004 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Auslese smells of pineapple, mango, banana, black currant, flowers, and honey. For all of its heady and gaudy tropicality and florality, in the mouth this wine displays startlingly lemony citrus and a crisp apple side to the fruit. All of the flowers and tropical fruits reprise in the finish along with mineral salts, fresh citrus, and black fruits. This wine combines a remarkable combination of verve and richness, ably representing the results of picking for an enormous concentration of tiny, largely unblemished berries in a grand cru site.


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