Recently, winemaker Nick Goldschmidt came to the store to present his newest wines. We already sell his Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon (named after one of his daughters) and his Oakville estate wine. Across the board his portfolio is outstanding. I was reintroduced to Nick’s work in Mendoza, where he continues to consult, by the Texas contingent of our group. Nick worked for fourteen years at Simi Winery and went on to run Allied Domecq and Jim Beam’s winemaking operations around the world. Flying around the world he saw the importance of good vineyard sites. Soon after, he decided to buy property and start his own label. He owns vineyards in his birthplace of New Zealand and has set down roots in Alexander and Napa Valleys. Key to his modus operandi: all his vineyards face east to catch the morning sunlight; site selection favors glacial soils to retain water; vines are cane pruned because he believes the quality of fruit is better; and, lastly, his wines are single estate bottled. The Fidelity Meritage (from Crazy Creek Estate) is 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon – with 15% of the juice seeing new French Oak. Ripe, with supple fruit and a long lush finish, Nick has handcrafted a full, opulent wine at a wonderfully affordable price.