Trig Point

Cabernet Sauvignon-Diamond Dust Vineyard-Alexander Valley – 2015

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 benchland site 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.
  • Clone:  Jackson
  • Vineyard:  Diamond Dust Vineyard
  • Yield:  2.7 tons per acre, by hand
Harvest Notes
  • Aging:  18 months
  • Fermentation:  100% barrel
  • Barrels:  Taransaud, Boutes Tight-Grain 25% new, 60% French, 20 % American, 20% Hungarian
  • Fining:  Unfined
  • Cases Produced:  5,500
Winemaker's Notes
  • A superb vintage for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Very refined with deep, almost opaque, inky-black color and outstanding flavor development.  We were challenged this year by a warm winter, a cool spring, and three summer heat waves, but exquisite fruit at harvest prevailed.
  • This vintage shows great quality and consistency.  Small clusters (with some of the smallest berries we’ve ever seen).  Very concentrated but marvelously flavorful!
  • Beautiful purple and ruby hues fill the glass.  Aromas of dark spices, black currant, black tea, and coffee bean.  Juicy fruit flavors of cherry, raspberry and blackberry.  Smooth, soft and supple finish with spicy accents.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
  • Grown on soils of deep gravely loam.
  • Fermented in Barrel.
  • Aged in Barrel: Taransaud, Boutes tight-grain, 25% new, 60% French, 20% American, 20% Hungarian.
  • Aged for 18 months.
  • Bottled unfined.
Technical Information
  • Varietal:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • pH:  3.73
  • Total Acidity:  6.2 g/L
  • Alc %:  14.5

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