St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Ockfener Bockstein 2009
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A lot of sulfur here, it pretty much obscures the nose. Nicely Spatlese on the palate, though the sulfur is distracting here as well. This is fresh and lively with bright acidity lending a fresh citrus element to the more quince paste-toned flavors of the mid-palate. The finish shows a nice green edge, lime with a hint of herb accenting the fruit and nice length. Once this sorts itself out it should merit a higher score, but today the sulfur obscures a bit here. 85pts
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Fresh apple, orange blossom, and honeysuckle in the nose of St. Urbans-Hof's 2007 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese lead to lush and creamy, yet delicate and refreshing, citrus- and apple-enriched palate and a decidedly saline, stony, yet persistently sappy finish with well-integrated sweetness and a very slight hint of caramel. The balance here is uncanny, not just in the way that creaminess and liveliness, density and delicacy coexist, but also in the way that 11% alcohol is nowhere in evidence, while fewer than 50 grams of residual sugar (low by standards being set in recent years at so many addresses along the Mosel) proves to be quite enough. This outstanding value ought to merit 12-15 years of cellaring. Nik Weis declares 2007 "our finest vintage of all," adding that 2001 comes closest in quality among years of recent memory. In all honesty, the last seven vintages here have been so studded with superlatives that I am happy to leave it to fate in bottle and the judgment of a generation that comes after me to pick a "best collection" from among them.
This is refined, with flavors of peach, lime, mineral and a mix of savory herbs. Delicate yet vivid on the palate, with vibrant acidity driving the finish. There's a hint of vanilla on the aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2022.
Enticing scents of elder flower and orange blossom greet you from a glass of St. Urbans-Hof 2008 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese, which then offers a delicate and refreshing meld of apple and citrus transparent to saline and stony nuances. This outstanding value and energetic expression of its site and vintage wicks-away 60 grams of residual sugar so that it tastes only subtly sweet, offering a fine example of the almost miraculous workings of a really well-tuned, low-alcohol Saar (or Mosel) Riesling, and one apt to remain delightful for two decades. Sankt Urbans-Hof, notes proprietor Nik Weis, experienced a good ten degrees Oechsle difference in 2008 between its ripest Saar fruit - bottled as Spatlese - and that of the Mosel, which reached Aulese level even without stringent selection of botrytis fruit. "We find this a terrific vantage," remarks Weis - who compares its style with 1998 - "inasmuch as at long last we again have the clear differentiation between Kabinett as it should be, Spatlese, and ennobled Auslese."
Pungent and intense, with a lightweight, gossamer profile, this is quintessential Mosel, albeit in a hot vintage. It borders on licorice flavor, with slate and citrus accents. Long finish. Drink now through 2015.
Like many Saar wines in 2007, this is rich and ripe, with fleshy notes of orange and stone fruits. It's backed by typically steely Saar acidity, giving it intensity and poise.
A powerful Riesling with floral notes, such as elder flower and lilac combined with a juicy, fruity acidity. It has a silky structure reflecting the grand terroir of the famous Ockfener Bockstein vineyard.
Lemon, lime, orange, Rainier cherry and brown spices in the nose of the St. Urbans-Hof 2009 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese (rendered exclusively from the Zickelgarten portion of the site) come to the palate with levity, silken smoothness and infectious, luscious juiciness, to which subtle fruit skin, citrus zest, and ginger lend invigoration. Near-perfect harmony yet consummate enervation and kaleidoscopic finishing interaction make this phenomenal value a sure bet for two decades or more of delightful complex company.
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