Trig Point

Zinfandel The Railyard Alexander Valley – 2020

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

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 some of the the driest years on record.

Harvest Notes
  • 2020 rainfall was 2/3 of average
  • March & April rains made huge impact for vines to weather summer’s hot days and cool nights
  • Early warmth precipitated an early harvest, about 10 days ahead of historical Sonoma vintages
  • Alexander Valley mitigated heat with intense fogs that rolled in from Pacific coast every 3 days
  • Extremely small crop – 60% of normal
  • 2020 a light and rare vintage
Winemaker's Notes

This wine is dark purple-red in color. It has the classic nose of this area of ripe black cherry, plum, gravel and gun flint with beautiful oak spice. It is a deep wine with many layers with black fruits and an even weight throughout the palate. Full of round, silky tannins that do not overpower the minerality and long finish.

Wine Summary

95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Syrah; alcohol: 14.5%; soil: deep fine sandy loam; Railyard Estate vineyard just north of Geyserville; vines planted pre-phylloxera in 1983 on St. George rootstock; aged in 15% new French oak for 16 months.

Technical Information
  • 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.3 g/l
  • pH: 3.75
  • Yield: 5 tons/acre

Reviews

93 Points

EDITORS’ CHOICE

This full-bodied but silky-textured wine boasts ultraripe blackberries, dried plums and hints of earth and dried sage, without feeling heavy. Light tannins and richness leave it tasting sweet on the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, February, 2023

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