Trig Point

Zinfandel The Railyard Alexander Valley – 2018

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

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type
Zinfandel, The Railyard Estate, Alexander Valley 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah Planted 1983 Deep fine sandy loam

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • 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.
  • The Railyard Vineyard sits just north of the town of Geyserville and was planted in pre-phylloxera times on St. George rootstock. Vines planted on this “old fashioned” rootstock show more vigor than when planted on the more modern AXR1 type. St. George also requires much less water, a key benefit, as California just posted the driest year on record.
Harvest Notes
  • Despite warm February, 2018 started off cooler than past few vintages
  • Cool spring meant longer bloom, but consistent, near perfect fruit set
  • Summer temperatures moderate with fewer heat spikes
  • Veraison started later, harvest began 2-3 weeks later than recently but historically typical
  • Harvested in cool mornings, a welcome change from 2017’s heat waves
Winemaker's Notes

Fresh is our goal. Making Zinfandel in a way that is obvious in its spice and red fruits but with an alcohol that makes it easy to have two glasses. Fresh black cherry fruit aromas with black pepper accents. Shows juicy blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry flavors. Beautiful depth and concentration with soft and supple fine-grain tannins. Finishes with a touch of mocha. Drink now or over the next 10 years.

Wine Summary

90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Syrah; alcohol: 14.5%; soils: deep fine sandy loam, vine age: planted in 1983 on St. George rootstock; aged in 15% new French oak for 16 months.

Technical Information
  • 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Syrah
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • TA: 5.6 g/l
  • pH: 3.56
  • Yield: 4.0 tons/acre
  • Aging: 16 months in 15% new French oak barrels

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