Sunday, March 02, 2008

2005 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Riesling Kabinett

Taking a break from the cheap stuff I finally opened a Riesling that was recommended by our local wine guru Bill Z. last summer. The 2005 Weingut St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett is a single-vineyard riesling from the celebrated Mosel Saar Ruwer. Shiny liquid gold in the glass, all petrol on the nose at first, later releasing some candied apricot, fresh-picked white flowers, yeast and beeswax notes. Off-dry with a soft, subtle effervescence and a gravelly undertone, it glides so easily across the palate, but with the steelinees of a precision crafted machine tool - polished and well balanced with a firm acidic frame, very enjoyable. According to the website, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen means 'little drops of Piesport gold' - aptly named, and a great pour at this price point. Thanks Bill!
cork. 9.5% alcohol
Score: 17.5/20
Price: C$22.85 (SAQ)

PS: I couldn't help but think of you, Barry - as I rave about this wine it is probably a rather pedestrian, everyday wine for you in Germany...

6 comments:

Barry said...

Another member of the family
runs a hotel with a top restaurant..Landhaus Clos St Urban in Naurath..we were there..check the blog(November 2006). They have a good range on the wine-list..and also usually open the bottles..let you try a glass of two...nice way to start a meal. The wines of Clos St Urban are highly rated..and owner Nik Weis was voted 'Newcomer of the Year' in 2005 by the top magazine in Germany.
2005 was a very good vintage and the Mosel wines are less harsh than others when young...you did well...
So there..Ya Boo!

Joe said...

Hi Barry - I couldn't find the Landhaus blog - do you have the address? I just bought some more today, trying to get everything in town. Just curious - C$21 a bottle - how does that compare to your pricing? Cheers!

Barry said...

The short report is in my archives November 2006(Wine & Food Trip)...you gotta scroll down you lazy.......!
The wine cost about C$18 here..so you got a good deal.

Joe said...

Sorry Barry, I thought you meant the Landhaus had a blog! I found your post, thanks. Good to know the government monopoly isn't fleecing me too badly - I bought some more.

Fadi said...

Hi Joe,

I served this Riesling as an apperatif at a dinner gathering at our place and everybody liked it. I found it to be medium dry with hints of sugar and good acidity that always scores well, especially with the ladies ;-). Very nice pick indeed! Thanks,
Cheers

Joe said...

Hi Fadi - glad you liked it, although I have to give credit to Bill Z., the Gazette guy - he found it first!