German vintner Nik Weis, the proprietor of St.-Urbans-Hof, located in the Mosel Valley village of Leiwen, makes an excellent estate Riesling. The wine routinely gets an outstanding review and is affordably priced. In 2006, Weis purchased grapes from the neighboring village of Mehring and produced another value-priced Riesling, called Urban.
The 2007 marks the second vintage of Urban, and it's even better. Crisp and racy, it features plenty of apple, lime and mineral, with a hint of peach. I gave it 88 points, non-blind. Made in an off-dry style, its refreshing character and light weight make it an ideal quaff on its own, or with light fish dishes or chilled shellfish.
The fruit source is reliable: Weis' father-in-law is a grower in Mehring, and both he and Weis know the best vineyards. Because the vineyard from which Weis buys the grapes for Urban is flatter than many others in Germany's steep wine valleys, it can be worked by tractor. This keeps the cost down and allows Weis to sell this wine for $11 in the United States.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Nik. Weis Selection Riesling QbA Mosel Urban 2007 (89, $11)
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