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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Trocken 2009

Member Review by dynowine:

Interesting wine where the fruit and mineral seem to balance each other. Somewhat fruity and slightly sweet, although not really beyond off-dry. The 9.5% abv is good for keeping the crowd under control. Good wine for the tame-whites only crowd. Tested at 70 deg F. Pop and pour. Attractive nose of powdered stone, earthy dried fruits, and hints of fruit and leaves. Good acid on the attack with a slight glycerin sheen in the mouth nicely balanced against tastes of stony mineral and slightly warm, neither sweet nor sour ripe fruit (green apple, citrus (mandarin or tangerine), hints of tropical fruit (e.g. pineapple)). Lingering finish of mostly citrus and mineral with hints of the apple. Off-dry. Body medium plus, acid medium.

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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
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Member Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Trocken

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Snooth User: dynowine
3956231,323
3.50 5
08/08/2010

Interesting wine where the fruit and mineral seem to balance each other. Somewhat fruity and slightly sweet, although not really beyond off-dry. The 9.5% abv is good for keeping the crowd under control. Good wine for the tame-whites only crowd. Tested at 70 deg F. Pop and pour. Attractive nose of powdered stone, earthy dried fruits, and hints of fruit and leaves. Good acid on the attack with a slight glycerin sheen in the mouth nicely balanced against tastes of stony mineral and slightly warm, neither sweet nor sour ripe fruit (green apple, citrus (mandarin or tangerine), hints of tropical fruit (e.g. pineapple)). Lingering finish of mostly citrus and mineral with hints of the apple. Off-dry. Body medium plus, acid medium.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
08/24/2010

Fresh apples on the nose. It's a vibrant wine of apples and slate mineral. Very refreshing and nice! - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 8/7/10


Snooth User: JMCortis
104832750
3.00 5
03/12/2012

The nose has notes of apple and peach. The mouth feel is buttery and semi sweet, primarily featuring the flavor of roasted peach. A fairly short, crisp finish that leaves a gentle sweetness and acidity on the palate. Great for a warm spring day.


4.00 5
03/19/2011

great riesling for a low cost. sweet and fruity with a wonderful refreshing taste


4.50 5
08/19/2011

As a steadfast drinker of big reds, this is nevertheless my favorite white--and maybe favorite everyday wine--of late. A deliciously drinkable, thirst-quenching Riesling, it falls just a bit on the sweet side, but never cloyingly so; it is so good on its own or with meals favoring a white that I'm nearly converted from insisting on an Italian or California red at dinnertime. Price/value cannot be beat.


External Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Trocken

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This is racy and packed with a slate aromas and flavor and a lime accent. Slightly less concentrated than the estatersquo;s 2001, though itrsquo;s very expressive. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Very tightly wound at this stage, herersquo;s a racy, intense Riesling full of finely etched lime, rhubarb and slate flavors. Be patient, it has all the elements. Best from 2002 through 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Aromas of mineral and smoke are matched by passion fruit and mango flavors in this broad, opulent QbA. Itrsquo;s balanced on the soft side, yet therersquo;s lasting intensity on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
09/27/2011

Ripe and peachy, with floral notes of tangerine citrus and bright, zesty acidity, this is racy and balanced. A terrific value.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Given the steep slopes of the region and resulting high production costs, itrsquo;s a mystery how proprietor Nik Weis has managed to keep his wines so affordable. The least expensive of his 2005s is a great introduction to the wines of the Mosel, with surprising minerality and precision for a wine that savvy shoppers can find for as little as $10. Itrsquo;s crisp and clean, lightly sweet, but balanced by fine acidity. Itrsquo;s delicate, yet full of flavor.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Characterized by mouthwatering acidity and luscious white peach, Granny Smith apple and slate notes. Light and delicate, with a tantalizing hint of sweetness. The moderate alcohol level coupled with the juicy fruit flavors make this wine a winner with savory, slightly spicy dishes such as chicken teriyaki or cajun shrimp, but donrsquo;t pass up a less obvious match mdash; this wine is terrific with omelettes!


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The generic St. Urbans-Hof 2007 Riesling mdash; this year incorporating fruit from the upper reaches of the towering Laurentiuslay as well as from Leiwener Klostergarten and Wiltinger Schlangengraben mdash; smells pungently of orange zest, sage, and under-ripe apricot. A honeyed cast on the palate mdash; supported by well-judged residual sugar mdash; offers an attractive foil to the winersquo;s pungency and lively acidity. Citrus oil, apricot skin tartness, and wet stone mark the considerable finish of this excellent value, best suited for enjoyment over the next couple of years.


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