Trig Point

Zinfandel The Railyard 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

Zinfandel Planted 1983 Deep fine sandy loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • 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.
  • The Railyard Vineyard sits just north of the town of Geyserville and was planted in pre-phylloxera times on St. George rootstock.  Vines planted on this “old fashioned” rootstock show more vigor than when planted on the more modern AXR1 type.  St. George also requires much less water, a key benefit, as California just posted the driest year on record.
Winemaker's Notes
  • “One of the best vintages in thirty years from the Alexander Valley.  Great season, warmer than 2012, but a moderate one with no heat spikes.  Bud break was early for this vintage.  We experienced a warm June but a cool July that perfectly balanced the vines.  August was perfect.  This year’s harvest started slightly earlier and came in 8% lighter than last year.  The result is another terrific vintage defined by clean, outstanding fruit characteristics with balanced acidity, tannins, and sugar level.” – Nick Goldschmidt
  • Robust blackberry, anise, and walnut aromas with nuances of spice and black pepper.  Lush blueberry and plummy fruit on the palate, showing roundness and good structure.  Railyard is an older vineyard which gives this wine intensity and vibrancy.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Zinfandel grapes.
  • Fermented in Barrel of which 20% is new.
  • Aged in barrel of which 25% is American oak; 75% French.
  • Aged for 16 months.
  • Bottled Un-fined and Unfiltered.
Technical Information
  • Vintage:  2013
  • Varietal:  100% Zinfandel
  • Rootstock:  St. George
  • Clone:  Gold
  • Planted:  1983
  • Vineyard:  Railyard
  • Yield:  4.0 tons per acre
  • pH:  3.65
  • Total Acidity:  5.8ml/100ml
  • Alcohol:  14.6%
  • Aging:  16 months
  • Barrel Fermentation:  100%
  • Barrels:  20% new, 25% American, 75% French
  • Fining:  Un-Fined and unfiltered
  • Release Date:  June 2015
  • Cases Produced:  500 cases

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