WINEMAKER: Martin Bernal-Hafner
Discovered in 1989, the Topel family discovered the old sheep farm, perched on the hills west of Hopland in beautiful Mendocino County. With perfect growing conditions for Bordeaux varietals, the farm is now 160-acres, with only 15 vineyard acres planted, the rest of the pristine land is left to nature – oaks, manzanitas, coyotes and hawks.
The experience and care Martin and his family have for their land and wines produced from it is inspiring. With so many wines to explore we were compelled to include this set of wines from, just as famously known and beloved, Mendocino County.
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
A Provençal style Rosé which leads with aromatic vibrancy and showcases a wide array of citrus blossoms and stone fruits. It carries all the natural acidity one would expect from a direct-to-press Rosé. The pronounced minerality is balanced by flavors of grapefruit, orange zest and rose water.
Featured in Wine Flight #6 – Sonoma Sunset
2016 Estate Syrah
Aromas of currants and bramble, with delicate violet and bay leaf undertones. A bright food-friendly acidity, shows off a robust yet smooth tannin structure and ends with a balanced lingering finish. Red forest fruits dominate the palate, yet it reveals a more savory side – think bresaola or coppa as it opens up.
Featured in Wine Flight #4 – Prized Real Estate