Santa Monica Mountains, California
Topanga Vineyards world headquarters is located in Topanga Canyon, nestled in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles. Topanga is a Chumash word meaning “where the ocean meets the mountains.” When husband and wife team Sandy Garber and Ralph Meyer settled in Southern California’s Topanga Canyon, their sights were not set on the vineyard way of life. As they looked around the rolling hills of their quiet surroundings, better known as a Hollywood hideaway than an agricultural hotbed, they began to see their home as Los Angeles County’s answer to the Southern Rhône Valley. So began the planting, first 90 vines on their canyon property and then expanding into a grower’s co-op with friends and neighbors. However, these grapes were reserved for home winemaking and entertaining, while Garber and Meyer extended their enterprise into the Central Coast. Their fast-growing commercial venture, under the TV label, combines the couple’s experience in home winemaking with fine fruit sourced from Edna Valley, Clarksburg and the Napa Valley to produce distinctly Californian styles of Rhône-inspired wines.
Winery website: http://www.tvwinery.com/
|Jackhammer Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
Unoaked. Lots of lemon zest and tropical aromatics. No malolactic fermentation. Sourced from cool Central Coast sites, this refreshing Chardonnay exhibits ripe pear, apple, and tropical citrus aromas and flavors, with delicate floral highlights and mineral undertones. It is full and round, with a juicy core of fruit and mouthwatering finish.
|Jackhammer Pinot Noir, Central Coast
Sourced from Monterey, San Luis, and Santa Barbara counties, this wine has a dark ruby color with a great nose of cherry, cola, and a wonder floral component. Flavors of cherry, cola, plum, herb, are intermixed with lovely acid to keep it fresh, lively, and not too heavy. While this is a juicy and upfront wine, this has the texture and secondary characteristics of a wine that costs much, much more.
|Topanga Black & White Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
The Cabernet comes from Coombsville, where the soil has some volcanic ash and rhyolite in addition to some alluvial gravel, and the Merlot all came from Carneros. The wine was fermented in open tops and completed malolactic fermentation.