Topel Winery and its Hidden Vineyard are located on the east side of Duncan Peak, about 1400 feet above the Sanel Valley floor and just south of Hopland in southern Mendocino County. Owners Mark and Donnis Topel have planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Mark is a defense attorney who doubles as the winemaker. Donnis directs marketing and manages the winery and tasting room.
Topel produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Meritage, Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc among other varietals.
The Topel Winery Tasting Room is located in Healdsburg at 125 Matheson Street, across from Oakville Grocery. It is open daily from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 707-433-4116
2002 Topel Serendipity Vineyard Monterey County Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 405 cases, $22.50 · A very unique and interesting Pinot Noir. The nose is layered with cherries, spices (notably cardamom), and a little sauvage. The wine is delicious but unlike any other California Pinot Noir I have ever had. The palate was loaded with stylish, complex spices. Nicely weighted and balanced, this is a kick to drink. Reviewed April 6, 2006
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