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St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfschen Riesling Kabinett 2009

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Behind a yeasty, slightly cheesy note in the nose of the St. Urbans-Hof 2009 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett (what proprietor Weis euphemistically but perhaps also appropriately calls “the cocoon”) comes a site-typical effusion of pink grapefruit, apple and banana, which go on to inform an expansive, polished, yet delicate palate. The longer this stands open the more expressive it becomes, with hints of citrus zest and crushed stone adding some punch to its impressive persistence. Despite its mere 8% alcohol, this does not taste overly sweet, offering a fine example of the potential this vintage for achieving “genuine Kabinett.” I suspect this will be delightful for at least another 15 years, and assuming it breaks out of its “cocoon” in timely fashion could become a real classic.

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Winery: St. Urbans-Hof
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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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 Piesporter Goldtropfschen Riesling Kabinett

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Behind a yeasty, slightly cheesy note in the nose of the St. Urbans-Hof 2009 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett (what proprietor Weis euphemistically but perhaps also appropriately calls “the cocoon”) comes a site-typical effusion of pink grapefruit, apple and banana, which go on to inform an expansive, polished, yet delicate palate. The longer this stands open the more expressive it becomes, with hints of citrus zest and crushed stone adding some punch to its impressive persistence. Despite its mere 8% alcohol, this does not taste overly sweet, offering a fine example of the potential this vintage for achieving “genuine Kabinett.” I suspect this will be delightful for at least another 15 years, and assuming it breaks out of its “cocoon” in timely fashion could become a real classic.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

St. Urbans-Hof, named for Germany’s patron saint of winemaking, was founded in 1947 by the grandfather of currant owner-winemaker Nik Weis. The estate comprises about 80 acres of vineyards, including a prime 15-acre portion of the renowned Bockstein, completed in 2009 with the purchase of the last 2.5 acres of Zickelgarten, considered to be the best parcel of Ockfener Bockstein. St-Urbans-Hof’s other great site, Piesporter Gold-tröpfchen, usually garners the higher ratings, but in ’09, Bockstein stars.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Behind a yeasty, slightly cheesy note in the nose of the St. Urbans-Hof 2009 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett (what proprietor Weis euphemistically but perhaps also appropriately calls andldquo;the cocoonandrdquo;) comes a site-typical effusion of pink grapefruit, apple and banana, which go on to inform an expansive, polished, yet delicate palate. The longer this stands open the more expressive it becomes, with hints of citrus zest and crushed stone adding some punch to its impressive persistence. Despite its mere 8% alcohol, this does not taste overly sweet, offering a fine example of the potential this vintage for achieving andldquo;genuine Kabinett.andrdquo; I suspect this will be delightful for at least another 15 years, and assuming it breaks out of its andldquo;cocoonandrdquo; in timely fashion could become a real classic.


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

Therersquo;s a tad more zip here than usual for 2003, which helps to focus the slate, peach and citrus notes. Good persistence, ending in an almost salty finish. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/20/2013

St. Urbans-Hof, named for Germany’s patron saint of winemaking, was founded in 1947 by the grandfather of currant owner-winemaker Nik Weis. The estate comprises about 80 acres of vineyards, including a prime 15-acre portion of the renowned Bockstein, completed in 2009 with the purchase of the last 2.5 acres of Zickelgarten, considered to be the best parcel of Ockfener Bockstein. St-Urbans-Hof’s other great site, Piesporter Gold-tröpfchen, usually garners the higher ratings, but in ’09, Bockstein stars.


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

This complex white features stone, herb and bouillon aromas that complement its fig, anise and lime flavors. Cohesive, persistent and long, with a savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

St. Urbans-Hof, named for Germanyandrsquo;s patron saint of winemaking, was founded in 1947 by the grandfather of currant owner-winemaker Nik Weis. The estate comprises about 80 acres of vineyards, including a prime 15-acre portion of the renowned Bockstein, completed in 2009 with the purchase of the last 2.5 acres of Zickelgarten, considered to be the best parcel of Ockfener Bockstein. St-Urbans-Hofandrsquo;s other great site, Piesporter Gold-trandouml;pfchen, usually garners the higher ratings, but in andrsquo;09, Bockstein stars.


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