Trig Point

Cabernet Sauvignon-Diamond Dust Vineyard-Alexander Valley – 2011

Region: california - sonoma

Trig Point

“A “trig” has been used for many years to establish boundary lines. Trigonometrical stations were set on the top of hills and used as surveying sites. Just as my father was a land surveyor and used these trigs as a reference, so do I when it comes to well known vineyard sites” Nick Goldschmidt, Winemaker.

Grapes / Soils

Cabernet Sauvignon Deep gravely loam


The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The Diamond Dust Vineyard sits on a bench in the Alexander Valley facing south/southeast. This unique topography protects the vineyard from the wind. The early morning fog and deep gravelly loam soils are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Indeed, one of the great uncompromising vineyards of the Alexander Valley and certainly a “trig point” for growing classy Bordeaux varietals.

Winemaker's Notes
  • Cool spring weather stalled the 2011 growing season. After this late start, a burst of unseasonable rain in June interfered with vine fertilization which resulted in inconsistent grape growth. Many vineyards experienced “shatter” and this rare phenomenon affected our yields at Diamond Dust as well. The weather in late September and October returned to normal and the grapes achieved ripeness.
  • Despite the uncooperative weather, the wines from this vintage show remarkablly well.
  • The harvest was “light and late” but the wines show good acidity and structure.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
  • Grown on soils of deep gravely loam.
  • Fermented in barrel.
  • Aged in barrel: Taransaud, Boutes, 25% new, 60% French, 20% American, 20% Hungarian.
  • Aged for 18 months.
  • Bottled unfined.
Technical Information
  • Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clone: Jackson
  • Vineyard: Diamond Dust Vineyard
  • Yield: 2.9 tons per acre, by hand
  • pH: 3.45
  • TA: 0.61 mg/100ml
  • Alc%: 14.5
  • Aging: 2 Years
  • Fermentation: 100% barrel
  • Barrels: Taransaud, Boute Tight-Grain,25% new
  • Fining: Unfined and Unfiltered


Bright red cherry fruit and exotic spices in the nose; black cherry and walnut flavors are nicely framed in toasty oak.  Finishes with soft, round, supple tannins.

Winemaker's Notes, March, 2014

General Info

Country USA
Region Sonoma County
Appellation(s) Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast
Proprietors Nick & Yolyn Goldschmidt
Founded 1998
Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt
Annual Production 5,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable/organic