Trig Point

Cabernet Sauvignon-Diamond Dust Vineyard-Alexander Valley – 2017

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 gravelly loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • 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
Harvest Notes
  • 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
  • Unfined
Winemaker's Notes

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.

Wine Summary

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.

Technical Information
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • TA: 6.2 g/l
  • pH: 3.74
  • Yield: 3.5 tons/acre


92 Points


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.

Wine and Spirits, June, 2020

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