Saturday, January 3, 2009

**+ $ St. Urbans Hof Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, 2007, Germany - Review and Rating

Review: The St. Urbans Hof Riesling, 2007 from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany, made it to the high-value prospects on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list for 2008, scoring 90 points and selling for an affordable price. The version that I have is labeled "Urban Riesling" - it shows the same alcohol level from the same winemaker. Oddly, it lists "Mosel" as the region, rather than "Mosel/Saar/Ruwer". My retailer assures me it is the same wine in a different importers bottle. Let's see how it stacks up...

In the glass the St. Urbans Hof Riesling shows as clear with a deep vanilla cast. Served cool, the aroma comes forth as sweet fruit, with just a hint of grass and mineral. On the palate, a bright sweetness is the first note, with a touch of butterscotchy glycerin. I find it just a bit cloying and offputting, versus the clean, crisp lines I was anticipating from the sip. The finish lingers for just a few seconds, and the ending shows some residual syrupiness from the sugars.

Not my favorite riesling sip. I will award two stars out of five with a plus for the possibility that some of the syrup will tone down with time.

Wine Spectator's 90 points were accompanied by this commentary: "Needs a little air to reveal its floral, apricot and slate aromas and flavors. Beautifully integrated, with a lingering, stony, savory finish. Drink now through 2018."

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