Wine of the Day: 2015 St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weiss Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling

…On the palate it leans toward medium-bodied, and off-dry with mouth-watering acidity. It’s impeccably balanced with peach, key lime, apricot, honey and a hint of lemongrass


Grapes for this wine were sourced from  the “Alte Reben”, a special 22-acre parcel of very old vines (“Alte Reben” in German that are part of the Schlangengraben vineyard in the Saar sub-region of Mosel.   The vineyard is located in a premier location in the  Saar, near the small but important town of Wiltingen, known for it’s intense, age-worthy Riesling.   The vineyard, which sits on Devonian slate,  was established in the early 1900s and some of its vines date back to that time.   Its slopes shimmer with a hint of rust-red, and indicator of it rich iron content.  It’s the iron-rich soil which  imparts minerally smokiness to this wine. Wonderful QPR!

2015 St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger Riesling Alte Reben

My tasting notes follow:

Very pale green color with petrol, key lime, stone-fruit,  grapefruit, and low-key spice and herbaceous aromas. On the palate it leans toward medium-bodied, and off-dry with mouth-watering acidity. It’s impeccably balanced with peach, key lime, apricot, honey and a hint of lemongrass with a kiss of smoky minerality and an appealing salinity on the very giving finish. Bottled as a Kabinett, which means it has about 22g/L of residual sugar.  (89-90pts; Very good to outstanding)

12% abv| SRP – $18 |Sample

Pair with: We paired with Chicken Tikka Masala and the pairing was quite good.  Consider pairing with sushi, Asian fare (Thai, and Vietnamese come to mind), shellfish, and salads. About St. Urbans-Hof

St. Urbans-Hof was first established in 1947 by Nicolaus Weis who was awarded the prestigious title Chancellor of Agriculture in 1969 for his dedication to German viticulture traditions.  Thereafter, his name and title became part of the winery name.  His son, Hermann and daughter-in-las Ida, carried forward the tradition and further developed the winery through the acquisition of prime vineyard sites in the Mosel and Saar Valleys.  Today, the winery is being run by the third generation, Nik Weis, who joined the winery in 1997, 50 years after it was founded by his grandfather.   He is dedicated to producing grand, authentic Mosel wines with tastes that reflect their origin.  Furthermore, he has a passion for constantly  exploring the optimal balance between preserving centuries of tradition and harnessing valuable new innovations. What never changes is the pursuit of producing wines of the finest quality.

In 2000, the winery was accepted into the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP). The VDP (The Association of German Quality and Prädikat Wine Estates) is an association of about 200 top German wineries. Membership is voluntary, but requires adherence to strict standards well above those required by German wine law.


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  1. Love you description of the flavors of this Riesling. Food pairing sounds delicious too!

  2. These wines always deliver outstanding value for the price. I’m going to have to track this one down. Thanks Martin!

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