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68  /  the tasting panel  /  october 2015 NEW ZEALAND–BORN NICK GOLDSCHMIDT has had an enviable career as a winemaker. In 1990, after stints in Australia, New Zealand, California and South America, Nick and his wife Yolyn settled down in Healdsburg, CA, where he spent a total of 13 years at Simi. He was later appointed Senior Vice President of Winemaking for all of Allied Domecq's brands in California, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain. In 1998 Nick and Yolyn established their own line of wines. The goal of the company was to produce two distinct labels, Forefathers and Goldschmidt Vineyard, focusing on-site specific winemaking from great vineyard sites from around the world. By 2008, Nick began to focus on his own brands. He now makes wine in seven countries and owns vineyards in three. He consults for 26 wineries around the globe—truly an international winemaker. I recently tasted some of the current Forefathers and Goldschmidt Vineyard releases. Here are my notes. VALUE AND BY-THE-GLASS RECOMMENDATIONS 88 J. Lohr Estates 2014 Bay Mist White Riesling, Monterey County ($10) Spritzy and floral with tangy spice and softly sweet style; bright acidity and lots of charm; aromatic and long. 6.8% Gewürztraminer. J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES 88 La Merika 2014 Pinot Grigio, Monterey ($13) Fresh, clean and juicy with tangy acidity and lively acidity; silky and long with bright, balanced flavors. DELICATO FAMILY VINEYARDS 88 Chronic Cellars 2013 Sofa King Bueno, Paso Robles ($15) Juicy and fresh with spice, earth and plum; lush berry fruit, cassis and smooth texture. 47% Petite Sirah, 45% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 3% Mourvèdre. 90 Nobilo 2014 Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($13) Smooth and juicy with tangy, bracing acidity and silky fresh peach and spice; lively, bright and pure; long and luscious. CONSTELLATION WINE U.S. 90 Cartlidge & Browne 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast ($14) Smooth and velvety with juicy plum and fresh style; lush, balanced and long. VINTAGE WINE ESTATES 90 Carlin de Paolo 2014 Cvrsvs Vitae, Barbera d'Asti, Italy ($16) Bright and juicy with blueberry, boysenberry and plum; smooth and mellow, balanced and long. CURIOUS CORK IMPORTS BLUE REVIEWS 90 Forefathers 2014 Wax Eye Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough ($17) Silky and minerally with passion fruit and citrus; juicy, fresh and lively; clean, harmonious and balanced. 90 Forefathers 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lone Tree Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($50) Dense, tangy and structured with racy tannins; smooth texture and ripe berries; soft herbs and spice. 90 Katherine Goldschmidt 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Crazy Creek, Alexander Valley ($20) Sweet plum, blackberry and soft texture; an excellent value. 91 Hilary Goldschmidt 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Charming Creek Vineyard, Oakville ($28) Juicy and elegant with bright plum, raspberry and spice; generous and rich, tangy and balanced; dense, long and complex. 92 Goldschmidt Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Game Ranch, Oakville ($80) Spicy with smooth texture and rich varietal notes; structured and showing lovely finesse; deep, balanced and long. 92 Goldschmidt Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Plus, Game Ranch, Oakville ($110) Juicy and ripe with rich herbs and plum; long and smooth, dense and balanced; structured and complex. 93 Goldschmidt Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yoeman Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($75) Lush and ripe nose; juicy and dense with smooth texture and lovely intensity and depth; generous and balanced, long and classic. 94 Goldschmidt Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Plus, Yoeman Vineyard, Alexander Valley ($110) Rich and dense with ripe plum, cassis and spice; intense and generous with depth, style and complexity; deep and seamless, long and lovely. Success Story: Nick Goldschmidt

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