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Chelsea Goldschmidt Salmon’s Leap, Dry Creek Valley Merlot 2019

Chelsea Goldschmidt Salmon’s Leap, Dry Creek Valley Merlot 2019

” Too often Merlot under-delivers; dry tannins and a distinct lack of fruit prevail instead of depth and volume of fruit in the mouth. We look for a Cabernet-type of merlot—one that is full, ripe, and totally over-delivers. Fresh fruit is the order of the day, but fruit with depth and complexity that only comes from superior vineyards and meticulous winemaking.”

– Nick Goldschmidt, Winemaker at Goldschmidt Vineyards


A mild August followed by extended fall sunshine in September and October meant ideal conditions for us. The hang-time was amazing; I have never seen anything like this in 29 vintages here. The tannins moved quickly from green to dusty, and then slowed as we got to the dry and ripe stages. This allowed flavors to catch up without the sugar going up too quickly. Acids were maintained as we got later into the cooling season. This meant the pace of picking was perfect for us and we brought in the harvest gradually and routinely with no rush. No heat meant no dehydration. I would say we have elegant, plush and polished tannins in the reds of 2019. A perfectly ripe and full fruit flavored vintage. Brilliant!




Yolyn and Nick Goldschmidt are owner/vintners, and Nick is the winemaker. The winery offices are located in Healdsburg. Both originally from New Zealand, Yolyn and Nick have spent time living and working in the wine areas of New Zealand, Australia and South America.

Goldschmidt Vineyards is a vehicle by which Nick and Yolyn present their innovative way of wine making and wine presentation. There are two brands under their portfolio – the prestigious Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon label, and the international Forefathers label.

The Goldschmidt Vineyard label is a program designed to showcase single vineyard source wines from both the Alexander Valley and Napa Valley Oakville appellations. The goal is create wines that highlight the distinct characters, benefits and attributes derived from these site specific harvests. Goldschmidt Vineyards Cabernets are crafted with the best possible resources to achieve exceptional richness, quality and balance – the hallmarks of world-class wines.

Joined periodically in the field by their five children, the Goldschmidt expertise is being passed down to the next generation, as evidenced in the wines released under the labels Chelsea Goldschmidt, Hilary Goldschmidt and Katherine Goldschmidt.