"The prestigious Game Ranch Vineyard is situated in the famed Oakville appellation in the heart of the Napa Valley. Located on an old river bottom on the eastern bench of the Silverado Trail, the vineyard is made up of very rocky, well draining soils. In this stressful, low moisture environment, the vines struggle to put everything they can into the development of the fruit. With perfect control over the watering of this vineyard site we are able to coax the vines to produce grapes of great concentration and exceptional quality.
Nick Goldschmidt selected four barrels of wine from the 2008 vintage that he felt were truly exceptional. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aged in 100% new French Oak for 12 months, then, gently gravity racked into a second, new French Oak barrel for an additional 31 months. We used tight-grain, medium toast, Allier barrels. The wine was then hand bottled directly from the barrels, unfined and unfiltered. Only 194 six-packs produced.
“Goldschmidt PLUS is a wine that exemplifies our philosophy of vine specific winemaking. We have taken what we believed to be the best patch of this tiny vineyard and crafted what turned out to be exceptional barrels of wine that really went above and beyond what we expect from the Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet label. The results are fabulous. Goldschmidt PLUS is all about the sweet spot of the vineyard – PLUS – an additional year of ageing in new French oak – PLUS – hand bottled, directly from barrel into bottle – PLUS – we only made four barrels of it!”
Appellation: Oakville AVA
Vineyard: Game Ranch Vineyard
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: Allier Demptos tight-grain, 42 months, 100% new