Trig Point

Merlot – Diamond Dust Vineyard Alexander Valley – 2020

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.

Trig Point is produced by Nick Goldschmidt and his wife Yolyn. After flying the globe for many years as the head-winemaker for the likes of Simi, Allied Domecq, and Beam Estates, Nick decided to start a family company with his wife Yolyn in 1998. The goal of the company was to focus on site specific wine making from great vineyard sites from around the world. Having produced so many world class wines from around the globe, Nick knew exactly from which vineyard sites he would choose to make his wines.

The wines Nick and Yolyn Goldschmidt produce are all single vineyard, handcrafted, small production, artisan wines.

Born in Auckland, Nick found his way to viticulture through a slightly tortuous route. After completing his Bachelor of Science at Canterbury, he ended up in a research position at Lincoln University in 1982. After a year of working in organics, plant breeding and in the small vineyard, Nick pursued a Diploma in Horticulture at Lincoln. From there he went to Charles Sturt University in Australia to study viticulture. Then, after three vintages back in New Zealand, he returned to South Australia to complete his post graduate degree in Winemaking at Roesworthy. His first vintage in California was in 1989 with Carneros Creek making Pinot and then in Chile as winemaker for Caliterra. In 1990 he became the VP/Winemaker for the Simi Winery in California. During his time there he also developed his own brands: Forefathers and Goldschmidt Vineyard. Simi Winery was owned by LVMH where he helped with Cloudy Bay NZ, Terrazas Arg and the Italian brand, Ruffino. Simi was eventually purchased by Constellation in 1999. In 2003 Nick became Senior VP/Winemaker for Allied-Domecq where he managed winemaking in California brands such as Clos du Bois, Atlas Peak, William Hill, Buena Vista and Gary Farrell to name a few. In 2006 Allied-Domecq was sold to Jim Beam and Nick continued on overseeing all California winemaking but also including Geyser Peak and Wild Horse. Starting in 2008 Nick went full time on his own, making single vineyard wines and continuing to consult for 16 wineries in 6 countries. He also continues his fascination with new technology and biodynamics.

 

 

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The Diamond Dust Vineyard lies just south of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region. The southern, cooler region of the Valley with slightly richer soils produces Merlot with more power and depth.

  • Average Vine Age: 30+ years – old, low-vigor vines
  • Good canopy- to- crop ratio
  • Yields: 3.5 – 4.2 tons/acre
Harvest Notes
  • 2020 rainfall was 2/3 of average
  • March & April rains made huge impact for vines to weather summer’s hot days and cool nights
  • Early warmth precipitated an early harvest, about 10 days ahead of historical Sonoma vintages
  • Alexander Valley mitigated heat with intense fogs that rolled in from Pacific coast every 3 days
  • Extremely small crop – 60% of normal
  • 2020 a light and rare vintage
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged in oak barrels 12 months
Winemaker's Notes

Vibrant, dark purple hue. The nose shows gorgeous red cherry and blueberry with spice in the background. Very complex for a wine from the 2020 vintage. The mouth is immediately pleasing. Soft red fruit characters are accented by black tea flavors. Soft and round but with a nice acid to balance.

Wine Summary

100% Merlot, clone 337; alcohol: 14.5%; Diamond Dust vineyard in cooler southern part of Alexander Valley; 2020 growing season with lighter rains and 60% of normal crop size; hand harvested and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; aged 12 months in oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 100% Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.2 g/l
  • pH: 3.55
  • Clone: 337

 

Reviews

93 Points

EDITORS’ CHOICE

Whiffs of green olive, black pepper and earth complement bold dark plum, black olive and blackberry flavors in this nicely structured, moderately tannic and complex wine. It is well knit together on the palate, concentrated and deep. Expect it to drink best from 2025 through 2032.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2022

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) Regenerative Farming