Chelsea Goldschmidt

Dry Creek Valley & Alexander Valley | California

The exceptional combination of climate, exposure, and soil in the Dry Creek Appellation stamps its signature on this classic varietal. This estate vineyard is slightly cooler than those in Alexander Valley and is well-suited to growing deeply concentrated, powerful Merlot. It also has excellent drainage. River soils and sandy loam permit enough water retention to promote full grape maturity yet discourage the overly-vigorous Merlot from producing high yields.

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2021 Chelsea Merlot, Guidestone Rise, Alexander Valley

Tasting Note:  Deep purple hue. Tantalizing aromas of ripe cherry, blueberry and black plum. Complexed with a hint of vanilla oak but very vibrant. The mouth has immediate fine-grained tannins and a lively complexity, this is a lovely  expression of Alexander Valley Merlot. Flavors are rich and fleshy, with luxurious layers of black berry, red licorice, fig  compote, blueberry and crushed rose petal flowing to a long, elegant finish. Lots of tension and totally fruit driven.


2020 Chelsea Merlot, Guidestone Rise, Alexander Valley

Tasting Note: This wine has a vibrant, dark purple hue. The nose shows gorgeous red cherry and blueberry aromas with  background spice. Soft red fruit characters, accented by black tea flavors makes the mouth immediately pleasing. Tannins  are round and soft with a nice acid to balance. It finishes with long and supple tannins.

Awards & Accolades

  • 91 points – James Suckling

2020 Chelsea Merlot, Salmon's Leap, Dry Creek Valley

Tasting Note: This wine has a mid-purple color. Our vineyard highlights the best characteristics that we love in a merlot. Intense dark red  fruit in the nose. Notes of plum and black cherry combined with subtle notes of cassis and mocha; dark chocolate and  blonde tobacco create a complex and aromatic wine. The ripe and rund tannins linger in your mouth creating an everlasting finish.

Awards & Accolades

  • 92 Points – James Suckling

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2020 Goldschmidt Vineyards Merlot Alexander Valley Guidestone Rise Chelsea

Score: 91 Points

4 Aug, 2022 – A rich, generous red with sweet plums, cocoa beans, cherries and some baked red chili pepper. Flattering and easy, with medium to full body and powdery tannins. Drink now.