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Topel Pinot Noir Monterey Reserve 2009

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About This Wine: A glass full of rubies! Like its predecessor, our 2009 Topel Pinot Noir Reserve is the best of the best, crafted from the finest Pinot Noir fruit from the vintage. It is a sensual, beautifully balanced wine, with bold fruit flavors, dominated by blackberries and plums, reminiscent of its famous mid-Burgundian sisters from Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux. The nose is bright and floral with nuances of lilac and rose petals, and orange peel. The mouthfeel is full and balanced, with a long, silky finish.<br/><br/> As always, we source our grapes for this wine from a Northern Monterey vineyard we call Serendipity because we feel it is our good fortune to have found absolutely the best place in California for Pinot Noir grapes. Located directly across from the famed Santa Lucia Highlands, this area is known for its special terroir and unique climate, which allows for a long growing season, resulting in deeply colored, richly flavored, elegant wines.<br/><br/> <strong>Methode:</strong> The 2009 growing season was mild, which enabled the grapes to mature to uniform ripeness with a minimum of heat stress. We harvested in the third week of September. The grapes were field crushed within 30 minutes of picking and allowed to spontaneously ferment in 3/4-ton batches. The small fermentation bins were punched down by hand four times a day to maximize color and flavor, which also allowed for a cooler fermentation, lasting 23 days. The wine was then pressed into 25% new French oak barrels (super tight grain from Vosges and Allier wood) for the first 6 months. After secondary fermentation, we separated the best barrels of the '09 vintage and transferred the Reserve Pinot for another year of aging into neutral French oak cooperage, before bottling. The wine was released in November, 2011.<br/><br/> <strong>Food Pairing:</strong> As for our favorite pairings with this wine. In November, hands down the full turkey dinner! Other than that, anything lamb or salmon. From lamb burgers to roasted, stuffed leg of lamb. Salmon cakes or simple poached salmon fillets are most delicious with this incredible wine. I would be happy to share my Salmon Cakes recipe with anyone who is interested!<br/><br/> About The Winery: All Topel wines are lovingly handcrafted by Mark and Donnis, who employ minimalist techniques to transform simple grape juice into world-class wines that are robust, yet balanced and elegant — soulful wines that perfectly reflect the soil and climate of their origin.<br/><br/> At Topel Winery, the art of making wine begins within 15 minutes after the grapes are harvested, with a “field crush” right in the vineyard. The grapes are then transported immediately to the winery to begin their transformation into wine.<br/><br/> Topel Winery uses the highest quality fruit from our estate vineyards and from selected sites that grow grapes to our stringent standards, for making our different varietals.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietals:</strong> 100% Pinot Noir, 50% Pommard, 30% clone 667, and 20% clone 115<br/><br/> <strong>Average Brix:</strong> 26<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.60<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.70<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 250 Cases<br/><br/>

Region: USA » California » Monterey

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Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Topel Winery:
Topel Winery and its Hidden Vineyard are perched on the east side of Duncan Peak — 1400 feet above the Sanel Valley floor and just south of Hopland in southern Mendocino County. It is here, above the fog line, that owners Mark and Donnis Topel have planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah on the steep, rocky slopes. Adhering to organic and biodynamic agriculture practices, th... Read more
Topel Winery and its Hidden Vineyard are perched on the east side of Duncan Peak — 1400 feet above the Sanel Valley floor and just south of Hopland in southern Mendocino County. It is here, above the fog line, that owners Mark and Donnis Topel have planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah on the steep, rocky slopes. Adhering to organic and biodynamic agriculture practices, the Topels tend the vines year-round, coaxing each to produce moderate grape yields with intense flavors. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Topel Pinot Noir Monterey Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
08/15/2011

This is a touch light on the nose but shows some fleshy fruit, sweet earth, perhaps a touch of licorice and some vague green tea/herb notes. Gains some nice cranberry and raspberry notes with air. This is light fresh and zippy with really good tension in the mouth and fine if a touch simple, red fruit. I really like the texture here though, it's got just enough tannin to add some detail but remains rather light and transparent with a fine blend of earth and red fruit extending over the moderately long, lightly spicy finish. The wood treatment here is very discrete leaving this elegant, fresh and pure. The more air this gets the more expressive this becomes and the finish really flips a switch adding layers of aromatic fruit. This is excellent Pinot for the more is not more crowd. Elegant. 92pts



About This Wine: A glass full of rubies! Like its predecessor, our 2009 Topel Pinot Noir Reserve is the best of the best, crafted from the finest Pinot Noir fruit from the vintage. It is a sensual, beautifully balanced wine, with bold fruit flavors, dominated by blackberries and plums, reminiscent of its famous mid-Burgundian sisters from Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux. The nose is bright and floral with nuances of lilac and rose petals, and orange peel. The mouthfeel is full and balanced, with a long, silky finish.<br/><br/> As always, we source our grapes for this wine from a Northern Monterey vineyard we call Serendipity because we feel it is our good fortune to have found absolutely the best place in California for Pinot Noir grapes. Located directly across from the famed Santa Lucia Highlands, this area is known for its special terroir and unique climate, which allows for a long growing season, resulting in deeply colored, richly flavored, elegant wines.<br/><br/> <strong>Methode:</strong> The 2009 growing season was mild, which enabled the grapes to mature to uniform ripeness with a minimum of heat stress. We harvested in the third week of September. The grapes were field crushed within 30 minutes of picking and allowed to spontaneously ferment in 3/4-ton batches. The small fermentation bins were punched down by hand four times a day to maximize color and flavor, which also allowed for a cooler fermentation, lasting 23 days. The wine was then pressed into 25% new French oak barrels (super tight grain from Vosges and Allier wood) for the first 6 months. After secondary fermentation, we separated the best barrels of the '09 vintage and transferred the Reserve Pinot for another year of aging into neutral French oak cooperage, before bottling. The wine was released in November, 2011.<br/><br/> <strong>Food Pairing:</strong> As for our favorite pairings with this wine. In November, hands down the full turkey dinner! Other than that, anything lamb or salmon. From lamb burgers to roasted, stuffed leg of lamb. Salmon cakes or simple poached salmon fillets are most delicious with this incredible wine. I would be happy to share my Salmon Cakes recipe with anyone who is interested!<br/><br/> About The Winery: All Topel wines are lovingly handcrafted by Mark and Donnis, who employ minimalist techniques to transform simple grape juice into world-class wines that are robust, yet balanced and elegant — soulful wines that perfectly reflect the soil and climate of their origin.<br/><br/> At Topel Winery, the art of making wine begins within 15 minutes after the grapes are harvested, with a “field crush” right in the vineyard. The grapes are then transported immediately to the winery to begin their transformation into wine.<br/><br/> Topel Winery uses the highest quality fruit from our estate vineyards and from selected sites that grow grapes to our stringent standards, for making our different varietals.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietals:</strong> 100% Pinot Noir, 50% Pommard, 30% clone 667, and 20% clone 115<br/><br/> <strong>Average Brix:</strong> 26<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.60<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.70<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 250 Cases<br/><br/>

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