Trig Point

Merlot – Diamond Dust Vineyard Alexander 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

Merlot Vine Age:  30+ years Deep gravely loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The Diamond Dust Vineyard lies just south of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region. Its old, low vigor vines consistently produce Merlot with more power and depth than typically found in the appellation. The Diamond Dust Vineyard is perfect for Merlot. Situated in the southern and cooler end of the Alexander Valley and coupled with a slightly more vigorous soil means that the fruit can be taken to full flavor and perfect sugar without dehydration. Given the vineyard is over 30 years old, the canopy-to-crop ratio tends to be in perfect balance, cropping at around 3.5 – 4.2 tons/acre.

Harvest Notes

It felt more like a normal year in Sonoma County versus 2016. Bud break came a bit early despite the cool spring. A very mild summer followed and ripening was slow and steady. However we did receive two heat spikes in the vintage which pushed things along nicely. Again the hang time for the fruit while different to 2016 was again very good. Perfect for flavor and tannin development with sugars staying in check. The clusters filled out with berries growing more normal in size. It was a little later than the last few vintages and harvest was a little compressed. A great vintage overall once again.

Winemaker's Notes
  • Deep, ripe black cherry fruit in the nose with juicy raspberry and blackberry flavors
  • The mid-palate is full and round with soft tannins and good structure
  • The moderate use of and adds spice and smoky notes in the finish
Wine Summary
  • Made from Merlot grapes.
  • Vine age – 30+ years
  • Grown on soils of deep gravely loam.
  • Aged in Barrel: 25% new oak (20% new, tight-grain and 5% new American), 75% neutral oak barrels
  • Aged for 12 months.
Technical Information
  • Varietal – 100% Merlot
  • Clone – 337
  • pH – 3.5
  • Acid – .54 g/l
  • Alc. % – 14.5

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