“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.
Diamond Dust Vineyard sits on benchland in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma. Topography protects this vineyard from Pacific winds.
- Exposure: South/Southeast
- Soils: Deep, gravelly loam; ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon
- Climate: Early morning fogs
- A true “trig point” for one of the great uncompromising vineyards of Alexander Valley, growing classical, lush and varietally true Bordeaux varieties
- 2021 one of the longest ripeing seasons in past 20 years
- Seasons starting earlier due to lack of rains, creating early warm spring soil temperatures
- Heat spike in mid-May restricted berry expansion
- Cooling trend in August at versaison
- Yields lighter with small berries and small clusters, creating unusal concentration
- Hand harvested
- 100% barrel fermented
- Aged 18 months in 25% new oak barrels, Taransaud & Boutes
- 60% French
- 20% American
- 20% Hungarian
This wine has a deep purple hue with a red middle, having aromas of blueberry and dark cherry. There is a concentration of blackberries, bittersweet chocolate, and maple with round supple tannins. The finish is luxurious and velvet-like as it gracefully ends. Drink now through the next 10 years.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Jackson clone; alcohol: 14.5%; Diamond Dust vineyard on benchland in Alexander Valley; planted in deep gravelly loam soils; 2021 one of the longest growing seasons in 20 years due to lack of rains and warm early spring soils; cool August at verasion; hand harvested; 100% barrel fermented; aged 18 months in 25% new oak, 60% French, 20% American, 20% Hungarian barrels from Taransaud and Boutes.
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Jackson clone
- Alcohol: 14.6%
- Total Acidity: 5.9 g/l
- pH: 3.62
- Yield: 3.5 tons/acre
|Appellation(s)||Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast|
|Proprietors||Nick & Yolyn Goldschmidt|
|Annual Production||5,000 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Sustainable/organic|