St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spatlese 2009

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A fluid, open Riesling, with bright acidity framing apple, peach and nectarine flavors. Hints of vanilla and mineral round out the spectrum as this resonates across the palate. Builds to a nice finish. Best from 2010 through 2027.

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Varietal: Riesling
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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 Spatlese

External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

A fluid, open Riesling, with bright acidity framing apple, peach and nectarine flavors. Hints of vanilla and mineral round out the spectrum as this resonates across the palate. Builds to a nice finish. Best from 2010 through 2027.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

St. Urbans-Hof's 2009 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese smells of musk melon, pink grapefruit, and lightly caramelized apple, along with a rather odd brininess that I can only describe as anchovy-like. Intense salinity along with alkalinity, animal muskiness and effusively ripe fruit thus dominate on a palate of enveloping richness and caressing softness, if one possessed of less sheer refreshment than the best wines of its collection. This product of St. Urbans-Hof's ungrafted section of Goldtropfchen vines will be fascinating to follow but I would revisit it in another year or two before handicapping its aging potential.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

Displays very spicy aromas, with a hint of flowers and savory elements. This is firm and tight, offering the vivid structure that drives its raisin, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Finishes with a flourish of apple and slate. Drink now through 2030.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

Loads of mineral in the aroma, while the flavors evoke lime, vanilla and spiced pear. Supple and snappy, with a light-weight yet fine complexity. Drink now through 2028.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

A touch funky in aroma, then a kaleidoscope of ripe fruit engages the palate. Apricot, peach, apple, black currant, violet and herbal flavors all manifest themselves in the mix. There's an underlying mineral tone and the vibrant structure keeps it all focused through the long finish. Drink now through 2025.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 06/13/2012

The sleek flavors of Asian pear, apple and white peach feel juicy and fresh, backed by an earthy stoniness typical of this site. Zesty acidity balances the winersquo;s substantial body and leaves it feeling poised.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

Subtle bouquet of pineapple, nut oil and lemon zest. Luscious yet crisp papaya fruit is brightened by a refreshing mineral character. Deceptively light and wonderfully drinkable, this spatlese is sheer fun.


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