Trig Point

Cabernet Sauvignon-Diamond Dust Vineyard-Alexander Valley – 2018

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
  • 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
  • Warm February but 2018 cooler start than recent vintages
  • Cool spring with longer bloom but consistent, near-perfect fruit set
  • Moderate summer temperatures with few heat spikes
  • Later verasion with harvest 2-3 weeks later than recent years
  • Hand harvesting with cool mornings compared to 2017
  • 100% barrel fermentation
  • Aging: 18 months in Taransaud & Boutes barrels, 25% new, 60% French, 20% American, 20% Hungarian oak
Winemaker's Notes

The color is bright and deep. Purple edges with deep red middle. The nose is immediately fruit driven. Ripe raspberries, black cherry and plum. In other words it smells just like a Cabernet grape. In the mouth complexity is the key. Lush ripe cherries and ripe blue berries on the front of the tongue. The mid mouth is all about power and richness. Comprised of dark plum and chocolate. The finish has supple round tannins with a long elegant finish.

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
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.7
  • Total Acidity: 5.4 g/l
  • Yield: 3.5 tons/acre
  • Clone: Jackson

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