Trig Point

Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – 2013

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

Chardonnay Planted circa 1990 Deep fine sandy loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Trig Point’s SignPost Chardonnay lies in a cool and breezy area just west of Sebastopol. This growing region produces a wonderfully bright and refreshing style of Chardonnay with crisp, green apple characteristics, medium-to-high acidity and good length. Like many areas west of Sebastopol, the vineyards were apple orchards replanted in the 1990s.
  • The Goldridge soil found there, a fine sandy loam formed in material weathered from weakly consolidated sandstone, runs deep to vary deep and offers good drainage, perfect for growing Chardonnay.
  • Old field selection clones yield fruit with high natural acidity and citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon.
Harvest Notes
  • Clone: Old field selection
  • Press: Gentle whole-cluster pressed – settled for 48 hrs.
  • Yield: 3.7 tons per acre, by hand
  • Ferment: Stainless Steel
  • ML: Complete
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Aging: 15% Allier (Demptos), 100% new
  • Medium-PLUS toast
Winemaker's Notes
  • Afternoon breezes continually cool these vineyards so they rarely see temperaturs in the 90s.
  • The vineyards at the lowest elevations are under the marine inversion layer and run even cooler.
  • The result is smaller grapes and more ripening days at lower temperatures. Cool sunlight is the goal as it produces fruit with the most flavor, complexity and quality.The approach does not come without a cost, since farming near the coast results in yields that are about half of what is cropped elswhere.
  • Vintage 2013 ranks among California’s best.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • Vine age – planted circa 1990.
  • Grown on soils of deep fine sandy loam .
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in barrel: 15% Allier (Demptos), 100% new Medium-Plus toast.
  • Aged for 12 months.
  • Bottled lightly filtered.
Technical Information
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • pH: 3.45
  • Total Acidity: 6.0 g/l
  • Alc: 13.5%
  • Cases Produced: 992


90 Points

Tropical guava and mango surround a restrained cradling of French oak, only 15% of it new, in this easy-to-like, approachable wine. Wrappings of vanilla and honeysuckle complete the picture, with a  straightforward, relatively lengthy finish.

Wine Enthusiast, May, 2016

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