Trig Point

Merlot – Diamond Dust Vineyard Alexander Valley – 2012

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

Merlot Planted 1982 Deep gravely loam

The Wine

Winemaker's Notes
  • Beyond the hands of the winemaker, certain vintages can futher accentuate a wine’s overall style. Nick evaluates vintages as either elegant, powerful, or dense. The focus of the wine, texturally speaking, falls on either the tip of one’s tongue, staight down the middle, or on the sides respectively. He considers the 2012 vintage a powerful one.
  • Very structural with good length 2012 put us back on track in terms of the weather conditions we are used to seeing in the North Coast AVA. Winter rainfall was back up to average and fell largely over the Christmas period. The spring was very pleasant and the summer very even. It was not a particularly hot year but it was just right to take grapes to full maturity before the rains came around during the second week of November. It was a brilliant year for this varietal. Without any heat spikes, flavors and sugars matched each other over time and both were in great balance at time of pick.
  • The resulting wines gave us full power in terms of fruit load, with supple, mature tannins, and nice black pepper characters.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Merlot grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1982.
  • Grown on soils of deep gravely loam.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in barrel: 20% new tight grain French, 5% new American.
  • Aged for 12 months.
  • Bottled unfiltered.
Technical Information
  • Vintage: 2012.
  • Varietal: 100% Merlot.
  • Clone: 337.
  • Vineyard: Diamond Dust Vineyard.
  • Avg. Vine Age: 30+ years.
  • Yield: 3.7 tons per acre, by hand.
  • pH: 3.57.
  • Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml.
  • Alc%: 14.5.
  • Barrel: 12 months.
  • 20% new tight-grain French.
  • 5% new American.


88 Points

Lively and well-focused, with red currant flavors and a zesty backbone. (Tim Fish's recommended California Merlots)

Wine Spectator, October, 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