Trig Point

Chardonnay Russian River 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

Chardonnay Goldridge sandy loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Region produces wonderfully bright, refreshing style of Chardonnay with crisp, green apple characteristics, medium-to-high acidity and good length
  • Afternoon breezes continually cool vineyard, under marine layer
  • Cool sunlight produces smaller grapes with more ripening days at lower temperatures
  • Vineyard: West Sebastopol area of Russian River Valley
  • Soils: deep to very deep Goldridge sandy loam with good drainage
  • Clone: old field selection
  • Yield: 4.0 tons/acre
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
  • Gently whole-cluster pressed, 48 hours settling
  • Fermented in stainless steel
  • Full malolactic fermentation
  • Aging: 9 months in used, medium toast barrels
  • Bottled unfiltered
Winemaker's Notes

Fragrant aromas of white peach, melon, and nectarine. Complex, boasting flavors of citrus, peach, fig, honey, and spice. Well-balanced with a creamy texture and a firm structure. Very lightly oaked. A savory minerality shows in the long finish.

Wine Summary

100% Chardonnay; alcohol: 13.9%; vineyard West of Sebastopol; Goldridge sandy loam soils; hand harvested; gentle whole-cluster pressed; fermented in stainless steel; full malolactic fermentation; aged 9 months in used medium toast barrels; bottled unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • pH: 3.6
  • Total Acidity: 6.0 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