Nick Goldschmidt 2018 "Fidelity" Red Wine, Alexander Valley
Composition:76 % Merlot 10 % Petit Verdot 14 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 12 months Barrels: 15% new French Oak
Another marvelous red from veteran winemaker Nick Goldschmidt. Fidelity is a Bordeaux-styled wine that is rich, smooth, and perfect for casual dining. Fidelity will surprise you with its great taste! Nick Goldschmidt knows all the great spots for growing Cabernet and Merlot in the Alexander Valley. He has farmed The Crazy Creek Estate for over 25 years and just loves the quality of fruit, vintage after vintage. In this blend, Merlot offers a round and silky mouth feel, Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure, and Petit Verdot gives tannin, color, and flavor. Few winemakers offer such quality for the price.
It felt more like a normal year in Sonoma County versus 2016. Bud break came a bit early despite the cool spring. A very mild summer followed and ripening was slow but steady. However, we did receive two heat spikes in the vintage which pushed things along nicely. The hang time for the fruit was nearly ideal. Perfect for flavor and tannin development with sugars staying in check. The clusters filled out nicely with the berries growing to normal size. Harvest was a little later than the last few vintages and a little compressed. Great vintage overall once again.