“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.
Signpost 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
- 2020 rainfall 2/3 of average; March & April rains had huge influence in helping vines thrive through hot summer days and cool nights
- Early warmth precipitated harvest beginning 10 days earlier than historical Sonoma County vintages
- Alexander Valley’s intense fogs came in from coast every 3 days or so
- Very small crop – 60% of normal; light & rare vintage!
- Hand harvested
- Gently whole-cluster pressed, settled for 48 hrs
- Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
- Full malolactic fermentation
- Aged 9 months in medium toast oak barrels
The smaller berries of the 2020 vintage have resulted in higher fruit concentration and adding a little extra plushness. This opens to ripe creamy aromas with fresh flavors of lychee, tangerine, Asian pear and a little nutty brioche. The wine is rich and light, and beautifully balanced. There are lively lemon flavors accented by creamy aromas. The long succulent apple pie-finish is topped off with melon, subtropical fruits, and a touch of butterscotch right on the finish.
100% old field selection Chardonnay; alcohol: 13.9%; vineyard in west of Sebastopol in Russian River area with cooling marine influence that naturally limits crop; 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.
- 100% Chardonnay, old field selection
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- Total Acidity: 6.7 g/l
- pH: 3.53
#60 Top 100 of 2022
Luxurious in texture and ripe in flavor, this well-oaked and nicely buttery wine from winemaker Nick Goldschmidt exudes richness from the first whiff of caramel to the flavors of poached pear to a lingering finish. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine went through full malolactic to soften and enhance the butter, and then aged in oak barrels for nine months.
|Appellation(s)||Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast|
|Proprietors||Nick & Yolyn Goldschmidt|
|Annual Production||5,000 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Sustainable/organic|