An event all Merlot and Cab fans will drink up

Hilary Goldschmidt “Charming Creek”

World-renowned winemaker Nick Goldschmidt will be showing some of his signature Napa Valley wines Saturday at the Wine ConneXtion in North Andover, from 1-5 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the complimentary tasting, which offers wine enthusiasts a chance to hear this extraordinary talent speak about his passion for single-vineyard Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chelsea Goldschmidt Alexander Valley Merlot

You never feel cheated from a Goldschmidt Vineyards wine; they’re all 100 percent varietal Merlot or Cabernet and built for power.

He’s got operations all over the world, including New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and California, and is a consultant for many leading wine producers.

Last February, when I wrote about Goldschmidt’s wines following a WC tasting, he called me from South America, where he was working on the harvest. He said he liked the review but wanted to correct an error I had made concerning the ageability of one of his signature Cabernet Sauvignons. I apologized and fixed the online version of the column. We had an amiable chat, and he was most appreciative of me taking the time to write about his wines.

Nick seemed like a classy guy, so I am looking forward to meeting him in the flesh.

Congratulations to Sam and Tina Messina, co-owners of the Wine ConneXtion, for arranging this exclusive engagement. This is a must-attend event for Merlot-Cab lovers.

Katherine Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Here are some of the Goldschmidt Vineyards wines that are likely to be featured.

Chelsea Goldschmidt Alexander Valley Merlot: It delivers rich, robust notes of blackberry, black cherry and plum. It’s creamy on the palate. Nick says it’s made with Cabernet drinkers in mind.

Katherine Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: From the Crazy Creek vineyard, this is considered Nick’s “value-oriented” Cabernet and is named after his younger daughter. (Chelsea is the oldest daughter). Black cherry, black tea and dark-chocolate notes abound in this velvety smooth, inky-black wine.

Hilary Goldschmidt “Charming Creek” Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon: This is the big boy from the “heart and soul” district of Cabernet in Napa Valley. Nick says Oakville’s unique climate equilibrium — not too hot, not too cold — “perfectly expresses the qualities of the varietal in deep, complex wines that can last for decades.” The color is a stunning violet-black. It displays blackberry and red raspberry flavors with baking spices on the finish. Named after Nick’s wife.

Yardstick “Ruth’s Reach” Cabernet Sauvignon

Yardstick “Ruth’s Reach” Cabernet Sauvignon: This is a very limited-release wine from a small Napa vineyard in Calistoga. Ruth’s Reach features thin, glacial soils that force vines to search more deeply below ground for resources. The result is smaller berries with higher tannins and a more structured wine. It’s deep garnet in color and exhibits silky black-cherry and plum flavors.

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