2009 Monterey Reserve Pinot Noir
California: Monterey County
Winner of a prestigious Gold Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, today’s 2009 Topel Pinot Noir Reserve Monterey is a vibrant, delicious treat that embodies the right balance of earthiness and vibrant fruit. Bright aromas jump from the glass, while on the palate the wine shows lovely complexity and elegant style.
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Best enjoyed after a little decanting, enjoy this wine now or hold for the next few years. We enjoyed our sample bottles straight from the cellar. When the wine was still on the cooler side, the brighter fruit flavors really stood out. As the wine warmed, earthen flavors emerged, giving the wine a more complex overall feel.
Light ruby at the heart of the wine, transitioning to pale pink sapphire at the edges. After swirling the wine, skinny, widely-spaced legs move very slowly down the glass wall.
Wild spring strawberry wraps around black tea leaf, young plum, blackest cherry, black pepper and fresh forest floor.
Sweet cherry quickly gives way to racy black pepper, India black tea leaf, white pepper, dark wild mushroom, blackberry and cassis. At the very end, underripe raspberry lingers long into the finish.
Bright and lingering with earthy flavors that lead to tart young raspberry.
Pair this delightfully flexible wine with a variety of foods, including apple and cherry braised pork chops. For a vegetarian treat, enjoy with a wild mushroom risotto.