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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
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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.


Snooth User: jamlani
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4.50 5
02/22/2012

Four and a half glasses


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

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

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.


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

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."


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

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.


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

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


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.


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

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