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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2010

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

A full, rich white in a sturdy, lightweight style. Flavors such as violet and allspice offset the fullness of deep peach and vanilla flavors. The finish, while filled with ripe fruits, is based largely on mineral integrity.

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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

External Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Piesporter Goldtröpfchen

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

A full, rich white in a sturdy, lightweight style. Flavors such as violet and allspice offset the fullness of deep peach and vanilla flavors. The finish, while filled with ripe fruits, is based largely on mineral integrity.


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

Bright aromas of peach pit, lemon oil and clove. Juicy, elegant passion fruit flavor is enlivened by vibrant acidity and a perfumed floral element. At once dense and glossy, with a pleasing spiciness and an appealing finish.


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

Pale yellow. Seductive aromas of apricot, acacia blossom and brown spice. The rich papaya flavor is paired with a touch of lemon oil and braced by slate. Deep yet deceptively light and persistently spicy, this is one of the finest spätlese of the vintage.


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

A mouthful of wine with a fine silky structure. It is enormously multilayered and complex. The flavors are like an explosion of ripe pineapple and black currant. It has a long, minerally finish.


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

Sensational aromas of peach, honeydew, melon and spicy minerals. Packed with clean, lightly sweetened acidity. An enjoyable taste of the fruits and passion of quality German wine making.


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

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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A stunning Spätlese. Rich, dense and full of bright peach, mineral, herb, and floral notes on a transparent structure. Wonderful purity, elegance and harmony. Drink now through 2010.


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