St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Ockfener Bockstein 2009
Editorial Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Ockfener Bockstein
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
External Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Ockfener Bockstein
Hinting at graphite, this white delivers peach, Golden Delicious apple, warm baking spice and citrus aromas and flavors. It's all matched to a firm, tightly wound structure, with the acidity topping the balance now. There's fine, stony length. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2035.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.