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St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling 2010

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Another of their wines that buries the word “feinherb” in the fine-print of its back-label (where “Kabinett” also stages a re-appearance, rendering it difficult to know how best to officially describe this wine and its ilk!), St. Urbans-Hof’s 2010 Wiltinger Riesling Alte Reben originates as usual in their old vines in the Schlangengraben, the source of vine material for a many a fine Riesling grown elsewhere in Germany and even abroad. At 30 grams of residual sugar this is unabashedly sweet in a way that the corresponding Mehringer Alte Reben (“feinherb”) was not. Cherry and lime tinged with lemon grass and chervil inform a juicy, buoyant (11% alcohol), wet stone-kissed palate. The overall effect of faint tartness and pungent herbal notes is delightfully invigorating even if there is no profundity (yet, anyway) on exhibit here. Further complexity might emerge with time but I would tentatively plan on enjoying this over the next 5–7 years.

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Winery: St. Urbans-Hof
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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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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External Reviews for St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
08/25/2014

Another of their wines that buries the word “feinherb” in the fine-print of its back-label (where “Kabinett” also stages a re-appearance, rendering it difficult to know how best to officially describe this wine and its ilk!), St. Urbans-Hof’s 2010 Wiltinger Riesling Alte Reben originates as usual in their old vines in the Schlangengraben, the source of vine material for a many a fine Riesling grown elsewhere in Germany and even abroad. At 30 grams of residual sugar this is unabashedly sweet in a way that the corresponding Mehringer Alte Reben (“feinherb”) was not. Cherry and lime tinged with lemon grass and chervil inform a juicy, buoyant (11% alcohol), wet stone-kissed palate. The overall effect of faint tartness and pungent herbal notes is delightfully invigorating even if there is no profundity (yet, anyway) on exhibit here. Further complexity might emerge with time but I would tentatively plan on enjoying this over the next 5–7 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/20/2014

A drier style of Riesling, with a plush, brothy texture on the mouth. Well-balanced acidity that mellows on the finish. Richly layered with green apple, melon and lychee notes, and a faint saline element underneath. Quite a lengthy finish. Excellent with lobster bisque, grilled chicken or alfredo.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/20/2014

Rich-tasting, with lots of plushness and vibrancy to the ripe peach, apricot and baked apple flavors. Very minerally on the finish. Drink now through 2025.



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