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Topanga Vineyards is the creation of husband and wife team of Sandy Garber and Ralph Meyer. Sandy was the sales and marketing director for The Chalone Wine Group in California from 1982–1998. In additional to her day-to-day responsibility for Topanga Vineyards, she owns and manages Garber & Company, a wine distributorship in Los Angeles. Ralph works in the film industry as a location manager. Both worked as sommeliers in the '80s, Sandy at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Ralph at Michael's Restaurant in Santa Monica, before embarking on their current venture.|
The winery is located in Topanga Canyon, nestled in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles. Current production consists of limited quantities of Syrah from the central coast (Paso Robles and Edna Valley) and Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The first commercial realease was 200 cases of 1997 Syrah and 200 cases of 1996 Cabernet.
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|Celadon Grenache Blanc|
|100% Grenache blanc.|
Topanga Vineyards is one of the few wineries producing Grenache Blanc in California today and even they don't make too much of it, only 225 cases. The fruit is biodynamically farmed from the Beeswax vineyard (Arroyo Seco, Monterey).
The wine was made under the guidance of Larry Brooks, better known for his days at Chalone. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed into small stainless tank for the alcoholic fermentation and then aged for six months in neutral barrel, with lees stirring. As of the 2007 vintage, the wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, giving it even more lift on the palate.
Tasting notes and food pairings
Reminiscent of a great white Rhone style, the wine is very rich and full on the palate, with aromas of fresh white peach. A minerally aromatic prevails due to the warm vintage but the wine is bright and fresh, due to the lack of malolactic fermentation. A racey style with the new appellation which is cooler climate and biodynamically farmed. Oysters and shellfish cry out to accompany this wine year round.
|Syrah - Edna Valley|
|This wine represents the pride of Topanga Vineyards. The winemaker, Stephen Dooley, has made wines at the Edna Valley Vineyard and now has his own brand, Stephen Ross. Larry Brooks, formerly of Acacia Winery and Chalone, is a consultant on the project. Most of the fruit comes from a gravelly, hillside vineyard in the Edna Valley. Cool weather provides late, even ripening and extended hang-time. The goal is to produce a Syrah in a distinctly California style in both flavor and texture. This means obtaining ripe fruit with deep, developed flavors and creating a wine with oak as a background compliment. The Syrah is blended with 5% Viognier to give this big wine lift. The incredible nose is swimming in violets and white pepper spice moving onto a palate that is richly fruited and roasted-meaty with soft, ripe tannins. This a big wine that offers deep, dark, ripe-berry fruit, and layers of flavors that make this comparable with the best Syrahs from anywhere in the world. Only 590 cases produced.|
Aging: 22% New Oak; 3 Radoux, Sirugue & Taransaud Barrels; 75% one and two year old for 18 months.
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