Wine Spectator: “High-toned floral, citrus and apple aromas and flavors meet a pungent mineral element in this complex white, which is juicy, yet also has a dry mineral salt quality that signifies the aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made. –BS” 91/100 pts
Wine Advocate: “Grapefruit, pineapple, and a piquant note of huckleberry inform the nose of St. Urbans-Hof’s 2008 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett, presaging a palate that is refreshing and subtly tinged with bitterness. A hint of mint and an underlying salinity add savor to a classic, delicate, yet generously-flavored Kabinett that should keep nicely for at least a dozen years. This superb value comes from the same portion of the Goldtropfchen that the estate normally intends for Kabinett – and in which yields are therefore intentionally kept slightly higher – but that has not kept it from being more of a Spatlese by nature in other recent vintages.
Sankt Urbans-Hof, notes proprietor Nik Weis, experienced a good ten degrees Oechsle difference in 2008 between its ripest Saar fruit – bottled as Spatlese – and that of the Mosel, which reached Auslese level even without stringent selection of botrytis fruit. “We find this a terrific vintage,” remarks Weis – who compares its style with 1998 – “inasmuch as at long last we again have the clear differentiation between Kabinett as it should be, Spatlese, and ennobled Auslese.” Remarkably, there is only a single trocken bottling here this year (from Mehring) which I did not taste and which was destined for the Landhaus Sankt Urban restaurant of Weis’s sister and brother-in-law.” 90/100 pts