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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2009

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

St. Urbans-Hofrsquo;s 2009 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese smells of musk melon, pink grapefruit, and lightly caramelized apple, along with a rather odd brininess that I can only describe as anchovy-like. Intense salinity along with alkalinity, animal muskiness and effusively ripe fruit thus dominate on a palate of enveloping richness and caressing softness, if one possessed of less sheer refreshment than the best wines of its collection. This product of St. Urbans-Hofrsquo;s ungrafted section of Goldtropfchen vines will be fascinating to follow but I would revisit it in another year or two before handicapping its aging potential.

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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: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

St. Urbans-Hofrsquo;s 2009 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese smells of musk melon, pink grapefruit, and lightly caramelized apple, along with a rather odd brininess that I can only describe as anchovy-like. Intense salinity along with alkalinity, animal muskiness and effusively ripe fruit thus dominate on a palate of enveloping richness and caressing softness, if one possessed of less sheer refreshment than the best wines of its collection. This product of St. Urbans-Hofrsquo;s ungrafted section of Goldtropfchen vines will be fascinating to follow but I would revisit it in another year or two before handicapping its aging potential.


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

The 2004 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese truly smells like its name, of honeyed drops from tiny golden Riesling berries. Tropical fruits, lily, fresh apple, and black currant also emerge from the glass. On the palate, it displays beautifully honeyed concentration with luscious pineapple, grapefruit, and mango as well as praline and marzipan. For all of its sweetly-suggestive flavors mdash; to say nothing of its high residual sugar mdash; it finishes with only restrained sweetness, with clear multi-fruit intensity, and with welcome refreshment to accompany its honeyed richness. If you still wonder what is so special about this famous site from which, sadly, very few growers extract anything like its true potential, then you must try this wine!


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

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 spauml;tlese of the vintage.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ample and rich, offering a range of flavors from violet to cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus and slate that permeate a sturdy, light-weight structure. Complex and deep in subtle and persistent ways. Very fine and long on the peach, vanilla and mineral finish. A beautiful expression of site from one of the Mosel's best. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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
05/18/2011

A brilliant 2003 Riesling. Backward yet complex and nutty, with plenty of slate character. Impeccably balanced and long, with floral, apricot, herb and citrus notes unfolding along its length. Best from 2006 through 2016.


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