St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2009
Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 8.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Riesling of the light weight Kabinett level with enormous depth and structure. The nose reveals an herbaceous character in the most exotic combination with black currant, grapefruit and gooseberry, the significant flavors of Rieslings from the famous Piesporter Goldtröpfchen vineyard site. It also has a refreshing, slight eff ervescence, which make it even more appealing and age able. It is incredible how a wine with only 8.0% alcohol can taste so impressive.
"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. 500 cases made."
"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.
The Wine Advocate
- 1/2/2013 (6 items) (viewed 52 times)
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The Mosel river winds its way through this wine region, passing by some of the steepest, most northerly vineyards of the world. The wines from the Mosel have a most distinctive soil based on slate. The slate-rich soils covering the region are what imparts the amazing, well-loved slate-y, mineraly flavors and aromas to the delicate Mosel wines. To keep...
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The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow
and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling
is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this
variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity.
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