Trig Point

Cabernet Sauvignon-Diamond Dust Vineyard-Alexander Valley – 2021

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

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
Harvest Notes
  • 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
Winemaker's Notes

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.

Wine Summary

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.

Technical Information
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Jackson clone
  • Alcohol: 14.6%
  • Total Acidity: 5.9 g/l
  • pH: 3.62
  • Yield: 3.5 tons/acre

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