Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): “From old vines in the distinctively stony, breezy Zickelgarten portion of a bloated, heterogeneous “single vineyard” created by Germany’s 1971 wine law, the St.Urbans-Hof 2007 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese smells of apple, black currant, honeysuckle, and lilac. A striking delicacy on the palate is reinforced by low (8%) alcohol and in turn perfectly suits the wine’s wafting floral character. Suggestions of cassis skin tartness and refreshing grapefruit add a sense of invigoration. One has the feeling that a stiff breeze would blow this wine away, but I’m practically blown away by its marriage of billowing delicacy and refined length. “We are defenders of the subtle Auslese,” maintains Nik Weis, and he has certainly defended that concept successfully in the present instance, a wine I expect will age impressively for three decades. And there are a good 2,000 bottles of it.
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