Trig Point

Chardonnay Russian River Valley – 2022

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.

Trig Point is produced by Nick Goldschmidt and his wife Yolyn. After flying the globe for many years as the head-winemaker for the likes of Simi, Allied Domecq, and Beam Estates, Nick decided to start a family company with his wife Yolyn in 1998. The goal of the company was to focus on site specific wine making from great vineyard sites from around the world. Having produced so many world class wines from around the globe, Nick knew exactly from which vineyard sites he would choose to make his wines.

The wines Nick and Yolyn Goldschmidt produce are all single vineyard, handcrafted, small production, artisan wines.

Born in Auckland, Nick found his way to viticulture through a slightly tortuous route. After completing his Bachelor of Science at Canterbury, he ended up in a research position at Lincoln University in 1982. After a year of working in organics, plant breeding and in the small vineyard, Nick pursued a Diploma in Horticulture at Lincoln. From there he went to Charles Sturt University in Australia to study viticulture. Then, after three vintages back in New Zealand, he returned to South Australia to complete his post graduate degree in Winemaking at Roesworthy. His first vintage in California was in 1989 with Carneros Creek making Pinot and then in Chile as winemaker for Caliterra. In 1990 he became the VP/Winemaker for the Simi Winery in California. During his time there he also developed his own brands: Forefathers and Goldschmidt Vineyard. Simi Winery was owned by LVMH where he helped with Cloudy Bay NZ, Terrazas Arg and the Italian brand, Ruffino. Simi was eventually purchased by Constellation in 1999. In 2003 Nick became Senior VP/Winemaker for Allied-Domecq where he managed winemaking in California brands such as Clos du Bois, Atlas Peak, William Hill, Buena Vista and Gary Farrell to name a few. In 2006 Allied-Domecq was sold to Jim Beam and Nick continued on overseeing all California winemaking but also including Geyser Peak and Wild Horse. Starting in 2008 Nick went full time on his own, making single vineyard wines and continuing to consult for 16 wineries in 6 countries. He also continues his fascination with new technology and biodynamics.



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
  • Exposure: East
  • Soil: Deep to very deep Goldridge sandy loam with good drainage
  • Clone: Old field selection
  • Cane pruned
Harvest Notes
  • 2022 growing season a little more challenging than 2021
  • Early summer growing conditions terrific
  • Hand harvested in early morning – began 1 month earlier which preserved freshness and bright fruit elements
  • Hand harvested
  • Gentle whole cluster pressing
  • Settled 48 hours
  • Fermented in concrete and limited barrels using only native yeast
  • Limited malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 9 months in medium toast barrels
  • Bottled unfiltered, vegan friendly
Winemaker's Notes

Mid straw color. Aromas of Meyer lemon and honeydew. Vibrant and juicy stone fruit flavors. Flint and mineral leaving the mouth crying out for more. Crisp and refreshing with a medium-weight mid-palate and just a touch of oak in the finish. Great tension and vibrancy. Drink now or over the next 15 years.

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 with good drainage; hand harvested; gentle whole-cluster pressed with 48 hour settling; fermented in concrete and limited barrels with only native yeast; partial malolactic fermentation; aged 9 months in medium toast barrels, bottled unfiltered; vegan friendly.

Technical Information
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Total Acidity: 6.0 g/l
  • pH: 3.52
  • Yield: 4 tons/acre

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) Regenerative Farming