Trig Point

Merlot – Diamond Dust Vineyard Alexander Valley – 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

Merlot Planted 1982 Deep gravely loam


The Wine

Winemaker's Notes
  • The 2013 growing season began early, with a warm and dry spring and never really slowed down until mid-Spetember.
  • The Diamond Dust Vineyard saw very few frost nights in the spring, only three heat spikes and no high winds. These are perfect conditions leading up to harvest. We picked a little earlier than usual and finished in mid-September with roughly the same yields as 2012.
  • The Merlot showed great balance of acidity and sugar, good color and tannin structure and great flavor development. The 2013 Trig Point Merlot is fantastic!
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: 2013.
  • Varietal: 100% Merlot.
  • Clone: 337.
  • Vineyard: Diamond Dust Vineyard.
  • Avg. Vine Age: 30+ years.
  • yield: 3.5 tons per acre, by hand.
  • pH: 3.50.
  • Total Acidity: 0.54g/100ml.
  • Alc%: 14.5.
  • Barrel aging: 12 months.
  • 20% new tight-grain French.
  • 5% new American.
  • Cases Produced: 3,495.

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