Trig Point

Chardonnay Russian River Valley – 2021

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

Signpost comes from 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
  • 2021 one of the longest ripening seasons of the past 2 decades
  • Seasons starting earlier due to lack of rains, creating early warm spring soil temperatures
  • Heat spike in mid-May restricted berry expansion
  • Cooling trend in August at versaison
  • Yields lighter with small berries and small clusters, creating unusal concentration
  • Hand harvested
  • Gentle whole cluster pressing
  • Settled for 48 hours
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Full malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 9 months in medium toast French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Plush and full from the high concentration in the small berries, this wine has ripe creamy aromas of lemon curd with a bit of tropical fruit, leading to sumptuous flavors of Asian pear, tangerine and lychee. Rich, yet light and beautifully balanced.

Wine Summary

100% old field selection Chardonnay; alcohol: 13.9%; vineyard 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.

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