Trig Point

Chardonnay Russian River 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

Chardonnay Goldridge 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 here, the vineyards were apple orchards replanted in the 1990’s.
  • The Goldridge soil found there, a fine sandy loan formed in material weathered from weakly consolidated sandstone, runs deep to very 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.
  • Afternoon breezes continually cool these vineyards so they rarely see temperatures in the 90’s.  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.  This approach does not come without a cost, since farming near the coast results in yields that are about half of what is cropped elsewhere.
  • Clone:  Old field selection
  • Vineyard:  West Sebastopol area
  • Soils:  Goldridge sandy loam
Harvest Notes
  • An ideal growing season in Sonoma County.  A warm winter, a cool spring, and several heat waves in June resulted in a high-quality vintage but with smaller yields.  A dramatic cooling trend right before harvest extended the hang time a few weeks which allowed the fruit to develop rich flavors and complex aromas.
  • Press:  Gentle whole-cluster pressed, settled for 48 hrs.
  • Yield:  3.1 tons per acre, by hand
  • Ferment:  Stainless steel
  • ML:  Complete
  • Filtering:  Unfiltered
  • Aging:  6 months 15% Allier (Demptos), 100% new medium toast
Winemaker's Notes
  • Lemon meringue and pear aromas are accented by notes of dried wild flower.
  • Succulent white peach, mandarin orange and baked apple flavors.
  • It’s medium-bodied frame is beautifully textured and shows bright acidity and fine balance.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • Fermented in stainless steel.
  • Aged in 15% Allier (Demptos), 100% new medium toast.
  • Aged for 6 months.
  • Bottled unfiltered.
Technical Information
  • Varietal:  100% Chardonnay
  • pH:  3.5
  • Acid:  6.3 g/L
  • Alcohol:  14.2%

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