“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 gravelly loam|
- Diamond Dust vineyard sits on Alexander Valley benchland facing south/southeast
- Unique topography protects vineyard from wind
- Early morning fog and deep gravelly loam soils ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon
- One of the great uncompromising vineyards of Alexander Valley and certainly a “trig point” for growing classy Bordeaux varieties
- Felt more like a normal year in Sonoma County in 2017
- After years of drought, water table still in good shape after 2016
- Bud break came a bit early despite cool spring
- Summer very mild and ripening slow and steady
- 2 heat spikes pushed things along nicely
- Clusters filled out with berries growing more normal in size
- Hang time longer than normal so better for tannin and flavor development without run up in sugar
- Once hand picking began the season was very compressed
- Yields down a bit but flavors and concentrations fantastic
- 100% barrel fermented
- Aging: 18 months in Taransaud & Boutes tight-grain oak barrels, 60% French, 20% American, 20% Hungarian
Nicely focused red cherry and red raspberry aromas. Loaded with red berry fruit flavors with a touch of caramel, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. Full and well-structured from the long hang time. The texture is smooth and the mouth medium bodied. White pepper and spice in the finish with long and supple tannins.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Alcohol: 14.5%; Diamond Dust vineyard on benchland in Alexander Valley facing south/southwest; hand harvested, yield 3.5 tons/acre; 100% barrel fermented; aging: Taransaud and Boutes oak barrels, 25% new, 60% French, 20% American, 20% Hungarian for 18 months; bottled unfined.
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 6.2 g/l
- pH: 3.74
- Yield: 3.5 tons/acre
Named a “BEST BUY FROM OUR YEAR’S BEST US CABERNETS” 12/21/2020
This is Nick Goldschmidt’s project, based at a benchland vineyard facing south-southeast, and it’s a pretty astonishing Sonoma cabernet for the price. Its rush of tannins – more like those of mountain-grown fruit than benchland – adds depth to the wine’s sumptuous fruit. It’s formidable and graceful, and if it lacks some detail, it is, after all, $24.
|Appellation(s)||Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast|
|Proprietors||Nick & Yolyn Goldschmidt|
|Annual Production||5,000 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Sustainable/organic|