Trig Point

Chardonnay Russian River Valley – 2016

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

Chardonnay Goldridge sandy loam


The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Trig Point’s SingPost Chardonnay lies in a cool and breezy area just west of Sebastopol.  this growing region produces a wonderfully bright and refreshing style of Chardonnay with crisp, green apple characteristics, medium-to-high acidity and good length.  Like many areas here, the vineyards were apple orchards replanted in the 1990’s.  The Goldridge soil found there, a fine sandy loam formed in material weathered from weakly consolidated sandstone, runs deep to very deep and offers good drainage–perfect for growing Chardonnay.  Old field selection clones yield fruit with high natural acidity and citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon.

Afternoon breezes continually cool these vineyards so they rarely see temperatures in the 90s.  The vineyards at the lowest elevations are under the marine inversion layer and run even cooler.  The result is smaller grapes and more ripening days at lower temperatures.  Cool sunlight is the goal as it produces fruit with the most flavor, complexity and quality.  This approach does not come without cost, since farming near the coast results in yields that are about half of what is cropped elsewhere.

  • Clone:  Old field selection
  • Vineyards:  West Sebastopol area
  • Soils:  Goldrigde Sandy Loan
  • Yield:  3.7 tons per acre, by hand
Harvest Notes

After four years of drought the 2016 growing season started with abundant and consistent rainfall.  A warmer and milder 2015 winter caused an early bud break.  Over the summer, the vineyards saw beautiful warm days with many cool foggy evenings.  June and July were generally milder without experiencing extended heat spikes or long duration heat events.  August was much cooler than usual though, and this cooler weather cycle slowed the harvest process and resulted in increased hang times for the fruit.  The grapes showed amazing ripeness and greater layers of flavors without excess or exaggerated sugar levels.  Warm weather returned and harvest came very fast.  This vintage shows a wonderful purity of fruit with an enticing floral perfume.

  • Press:  Gentle whole-cluster pressed, settle for 48 hrs.
  • Ferment:  Stainless Steel
  • ML:  Complete
  • Filtering:  Unfiltered
  • Aging:  6 months, 15% Allier (Demptos), 100% new medium toast


Winemaker's Notes

Light straw color; citrus, melon, and wildflower aromas.  Shows juicy grapefuit, passion-fruit, and white peach flavors.  Bright and lively within a medium-weight frame, low alcohol, and just a touch of oak to add complexity.

Wine Summary
  • Made from Chardonnay grapes.
  • Fermented in stainless steel.
  • Aged in 15% Allier (Demptos), 100% new medium toast.
  • Aged for 6 months.
  • Bottled unfiltered.
Technical Information
  • Varietal:  100% Chardonnay
  • pH:  3.52
  • Acid:  6.4 g/L

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