From the moment the 2018 Goldschmidt Fidelity Railyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel is poured, soft seductive scents of black cherry and raspberry greet the nose. Awarded 92 points by Wine Spectator, it boasts blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry fruit flavors along with delightful hints of bramble and cinnamon which emerge in the mouth to seduce the palate. Bold and concentrated in flavor, Goldschmidt’s 2018 Fidelity Railyard Zinfandel comes across as supple and plush, yet the wine possesses beautifully textured tannins that add elegance, depth, and refinement to the point where one hardly notices that this smooth, supremely balanced Zinfandel weighs in at 14.7% alcohol by volume. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest serving Nick Goldschmidt’s polished 2018 Fidelity Railyard Zinfandel at cool room temperature (58º-62º F) after just a few minutes of aeration. Although charming and downright delicious now, it will continue to improve in bottle for several more years and drink well for nearly a decade. Enjoy!
Given its wealth of flavor, concentration, and polished texture, Nick Goldschmidt’s 2018 Fidelity Railyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel performs equally well on its own as it does in the company of foods Americans love to eat. Smoked baby back ribs with a medley of root vegetables makes a superb accompaniment as does almost any dish with pork, bacon or pancetta. Pasta Bolognese, lasagna, gnocchi in a creamy tomato sauce, and even perfectly cooked pepperoni and vegetable pizzas provide delicious companionship to Goldschmidt’s 2018 Fidelity Railyard Zinfandel. Duck confit and a simple spicy dish of black beans and rice with avocado offer additional tasty pairings with this outstanding Zinfandel. Rotisserie or Spit Roasted Chicken, brushed with butter, olive oil, and Provençal herbs gets our thumbs up, too. And for those subscribing to the philosophy that less is more when it comes to accompaniments: why not consider serving a plate of soft, ripe cheeses in the company of the 2018 Goldschmidt Fidelity Zinfandel? Cheddar, Gloucester, Aged Gruyere, Havarti, Gorgonzola, and Parmesan are just some of the many fine cheeses worth pairing with this gracious, extroverted Zinfandel. Enjoy!
Nick Goldschmidt’s wines are the yardstick by which many of California’s finest Cabernets and Zinfandels are measured. Nick and his wife Yolyn produce an elite portfolio of limited release wines from single vineyard sites. New Zealand born and educated, Nick has traveled the globe, much like the varietals he specializes in fashioning. A graduate of Roseworthy, Australia’s premier school of enology, Nick has made wine in many countries on several continents. Before launching Goldschmidt Vineyards with his wife, Nick worked extensively in Australia and New Zealand before settling in Healdsburg, California in 1990 as Simi's Associate Winemaker. In 1991, Nick was promoted to Chief Winemaker and Vice President of Simi where he spent 13 years as the driving force behind Simi’s renowned Reserve Cabernet program. He has also served as Vice President and Executive Domestic Winemaker for Beam Estates’ wine portfolio, and in the off season he is presently responsible for making premium Malbec in Argentina and Sauvignon Blanc in his native New Zealand.
In Napa and Alexander Valleys, Goldschmidt Vineyards focuses exclusively on single vineyard offerings from top vineyard sites. Currently Nick and Yolyn produce several limited outstanding offerings of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Nick’s flagship and highly acclaimed Fidelity Railyard Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel (this month’s feature), all truly handcrafted artisan wines.
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