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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Ockfener Bockstein 2009

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Ockfener Bockstein are the most refined and playful of St. Urbans-Hof's wines.

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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 Spätlese Ockfener Bockstein

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
0.00 5
07/16/2012

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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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
01/30/2012

Great acid remains. Demi sec flavor profile. Good mineral edge. Bright juiciness. Very nice! - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: 2tizac
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5.00 5
02/11/2012

We served this wine to guests (and ourselves) and everyone loved it.


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

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

A beauty, this '01 Riesling reeks of slate and exotic spices. It picks up candied citrus and tropical fruit notes on the palate, worn on an ethereal frame. Wonderful harmony and expression of site. Drink now through 2010.


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

A big backbone of slate and spice supports the lovely tropical fruit found in this Riesling. Candied lime and peach combine to showcase the fresh and ripe fruit this vineyard is capable of. St. Urbans-Hof has once again put on a great show for wine lovers.


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

Subtle bouquet of pineapple, pine nuts and lemon oil. Luscious yet crisp papaya fruit shows a refreshing mineral character. Deceptively light and wonderfully easy to drink, this spatlese is just plain fun.


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

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.


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

Very expressive. Aromas of smoke and mineral introduce peach and mango flavors in this racy white. Lean and tensile, with a long peach and savory aftertaste. Best from 2010 through 2030.


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

Delicious in a modern, reductive style. A touch of CO2 and lively acidity spin the floral, lime, peach and mineral flavors around the delicate framework. Fresh, lingering finish. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


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