Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): “The St. Urbans-Hof 2007 Leiwener Laurentiuslay Riesling Spatlese feinherb smells site-typically of kumquat, orange blossom, and heliotrope, somehow anticipating the bright refreshment, creaminess of texture, wafting floral perfume, and bitter-sweetness that are opulently delivered on the palate. Liquid slate and pungent citrus zest folded into vanilla- and orange cream, with a surprising undertone of malt and cocoa, inform a soothing yet still amazingly energetic finish with lift and refinement one looks for from the best wines of this vintage. This will be glorious to pair with a wide range of cuisine over at least the next 10-12 years.
Nik Weis declares 2007 “our finest vintage of all,” adding that 2001 comes closest in quality among years of recent memory. In all honesty, the last seven vintages here have been so studded with superlatives that I am happy to leave it to fate in bottle and the judgment of a generation that comes after me to pick a “best collection” from among them. Interestingly, both because of the opportunities for patience afforded by the vintage, and out of a continuing interest in capturing the essence of their great signature vineyard in different styles, the team here harvested the entire Laurentiuslay (save for a gold capsule Auslese and Beerenauslese picked out the day before) at one time, then turned that raw material into three very distinctive and outstanding Spatlesen.” 94/100 pts