Trig Point

Chardonnay Russian River Valley – 2019

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

Vineyard in the West Sebastopol area of Russian River Valley.

  • 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, producing fruit with more flavor, complexity and quality
  • Vineyards were former apple orchards replanted in 1990s
  • Soil: Deep to very deep Goldridge sandy loam
  • Clone: Old field selection
  • Yield: 4 tons/acre
Harvest Notes
  • 2019 vintage sandwiched between floods of March & fires of October – but neither affected the vintage
  • Moisture in vineyards at field capacity due to rain
  • Hand harvesting began a bit early but a temperature break 1/3 of way through slowed picking back to normal, creating nice, even, unhurried ripening
  • 2019 acids will be longer lasting than previous vintage and with a great balance of tannins and alcohol
  • Gentle whole-cluster press followed by 48 hour settling
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks
  • Full malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 9 months in medium toast barrels, 15% French oak
  • Bottled unfiltered
Winemaker's Notes

Wonderfully bright and refreshing style with crisp, green apple characteristics, medium-to-high acidity and good length. Old field selection clones yield fruit with high natural acidity and citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon. The nose shows lime, Meyer lemon, and ripe apple. Flavors of juicy green apple, dried fig, white peach, and apricot mingle with hints of vanilla. The dash of French oak pushes the finish a little longer with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Wine Summary

100% Chardonnay; alcohol: 13.9%; vineyard in west of Sebastopol in Russian River area with cooling marine influence; Goldridge sandy loam soils; hand harvested; gentle whole-cluster pressed with 48 hour settling; fermented in stainless steel; full malolactic fermentation; aged 9 months in medium toast barrels, 15% French oak; bottled unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Total Acidity: 6.5 g/l
  • pH: 3.6

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