Trig Point

Merlot – Diamond Dust Vineyard – Alexander 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

The Diamond Dust Vineyard lies just south of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region. The southern, cooler region of the Valley with slightly richer soils produces Merlot with more power and depth.

  • Average Vine Age: 30+ years – old, low-vigor vines
  • Good canopy- to- crop ratio
  • Yield: 4 tons/acre
Harvest Notes
  • 2021 was one of longest growing seasons in 20 years
  • Seasons starting earlier due to lack of water causing early warm Spring soil temperatures
  • Heat spike in mid-May restricted berry expansion
  • Cooling trend in August at verasion
  • Yields ligher with small berries and clusters, creating unusual concentration for young wines
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 12 months in used oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

This wine has beautiful red raspberry, black cherry and deep complex aromas. It shows red plum, red currant, blackberry, and a touch chocolate on the palate. An exceptionally full and round mouth feel finishes with soft tannins.

Wine Summary

100% Merlot, clone 337; alcohol: 14.5%; Diamond Dust vineyard in cooler southern part of Alexander Valley; 2021 growing season the longest in 2 decades, heat spike mid-May restricted berry size and produced great concentration; hand harvested and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; aged 12 months in used oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 100% Merlot, clone 337
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.8 g/l
  • pH: 3.58

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