Trig Point

Chardonnay Russian River 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

Chardonnay Goldridge sandy loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Trig Point’s SignPost 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 a cost, since farming near the coast results in yields that are about half of what is cropped elsewhere.

  • Clone:  Old field selection
  • Vineyard:  West Sebastopol area
  • Soils:  Goldrige Sandy Loam
  • Yield:  3.7 tons per acre, by hand
Harvest Notes

After almost five years of drought, the 2017 growing season started with record setting rainfalls.  However, the increased rainfall also increased vine vigor that required extensive canopy management.  Flowering started with sunny and warm conditions, and the wide variety of weather conditions that followed kept us busy.  There were foggy and windy days, as well as unusual heat spikes.  In June several heat spikes not only drove canopy growth but also seemed to leave clusters with smaller berries and berry weights light than normal.  At the end of August temperatures soared past 100 degrees.  As the heat-wave subsided and temperatures actually fell to below normal ranges, vines began to relax and things were back to normal.

  • 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
  • Cases Produced:  350 cases
Winemaker's Notes
  • Light straw color
  • Citrus, melon and wildflower aromas
  • Shows juicy grapefruit, passion-fruit, and white peach flavors
  • Bright and lively within a medium-weight frame
  • Low alcohol
  • 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:  3.64
  • Acid:  6.0 g/L
  • Alcohol:  13.9


91 Points

“Best Buy from Year’s Best California Chardonnays”

Like a cool, gentle rain, this is more a textural pleasure than an overtly fruity chardonnay. The fruit that’s there is crunchy, like wild carrots and pale ginger, the texture creamy and broad, with grape-skin tannins enriching the middle. It’s salty and fat in a way that would cozy up to scallop sashimi and pickled ginger.

Wine and Spirits, October, 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