Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Localization: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
Tasting Notes: Intense purple and reds in color. The aromatics are opulent and very floral. Black fruits were a common theme. Black cherry and plum. The mouth follows with rich dark fruits of plum, blackberry, and some licorice texture. Lush ripe tannins, full-body, and the nice creamy, velvet, tongue-wrapping flavor.
The Domain: After flying the globe for many years as the head winemaker for the likes of Simi, Allied Domecq, and Beam Estates, Nick Goldschmidt decided to start a family company with his wife Yolyn in 1998. The goal of the company was to focus on site-specific winemaking from great vineyard sites from around the world. Having produced so many world-class wines from around the globe, Nick knew exactly which vineyard sites he would choose to make his wines from.
The wines Nick and Yolyn Goldschmidt produce are all single vineyard, handcrafted, small production, artisan wines.
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 for establishing reference, so do I when it comes to well-known vineyard sites.
The Trig Point Vineyard sits on a benchland site in the Alexander Valley facing southeast in a beautiful bowl. This unique topography protects the vineyard from the wind. The early morning fog and deep gravelly loam soils are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Nick has worked with this vineyard for many years, as it was the predominant vineyard for the Simi Cabernet Reserve program from 1980 - 1997. Indeed, one of the great uncompromising vineyards of the Alexander Valley and certainly a "trig point" for growing classy Bordeaux varietals.