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Sherry-Lehmann USD 15.95 750ml

St. Urbans Hof Riesling Q.B.A 2016

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Bright, vibrant, and crisp, with nice intensity. The peach, mango,and mineral-like flavors of this wine are punctuated by a racy, focused acidity, all of which are nicely balanced by a touch of residual sugar and sweetness.

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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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Vintage: 2012 08/18/2014

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for St. Urbans Hof Riesling Q.B.A

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Vintage: 2011 02/04/2014

Based as usual on Wiltinger Schlangengraben and Leiwener Klostergarten, and almost entirely tank-raised, the St. Urbans-Hof 2011 Riesling delivers a surprisingly complex, subtle aroma for an inexpensive generic. Gentian, buddleia, apple blossom, as well as intimations of fresh pear, white peach and lime then inform its juicy and expansive yet delicate and wafting palate. Hints of stone and apple pip add counterpoint to a modestly-lingering finish whose sweetness comes off as entirely discreet even though there are 38 grams of residual sugar present. Look for this outstanding value to perform admirably through at least 2016. Hoffmann explains that some fruit for this was picked early (even if a bit too early from a phenolic standpoint) in order to enliven the finished blend. It certainly worked. If this be “designer wine,” let us make the most of it!


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Vintage: 2011 06/07/2013

Juicy and fruity, with flavors of ginger, baked apple and peach tart that are accented by notes of cream and spice. Offers a luscious mouthfeel, with racy accents on the finish. Drink now through 2016.


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Vintage: 2011 06/07/2013

The baseline Riesling for St Urbans-Hof, this has been my absolute favorite German wine for under $20 every vintage since I’ve worked here. Brighter and a bit less mineral-driven than the austere 2010s, this year’s is fruit-forward and blooming with white flowers, ripe apricot and juicy pear notes. Never a wine you need to second-guess buying — everyone should have one in their house at all times, just in case.


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Vintage: 2011 08/08/2013

The baseline Riesling for St Urbans-Hof, this has been my absolute favorite German wine for under $20 every vintage since I’ve worked here. Brighter and a bit less mineral-driven than the austere 2010s, this year’s is fruit-forward and blooming with white flowers, ripe apricot and juicy pear notes. Never a wine you need to second-guess buying — everyone should have one in their house at all times, just in case. Food pairing: Asian, seafood, spicy foods Flavor type: semi-dry Body type: light-medium Finish: crisp



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Bright, vibrant, and crisp, with nice intensity. The peach, mango,and mineral-like flavors of this wine are punctuated by a racy, focused acidity, all of which are nicely balanced by a touch of residual sugar and sweetness.

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