MIGRATION is part of the Duckhorn family of wines that focuses solely on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, Anderson Valley in Mendocino County and the Santa Maria Valley in the Central Coast region. The grapes come from top growers; the wines are made in a lush, full-bodied, seamless style. The inaugural vintage was 2001. The wines below are new releases from the 2013 vintage, a growing season that excited California vintners. Says Migration’s winemaker Bo Felton: ” It’s one of those seasons where the vineyards were the driving force in the character and quality of the wines — never the weather.” The wines may be pricey but consider the source.
Migration Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2013, $68: Just to begin with, it offers beautiful aromas, texture, tannins, balance. It’s made off two Dutton properties in the cool Green Valley of the Russian River — Manzana on a steep hillside that imparts the earthy truffle character to the grapes and Thomas Road that produces more rich, generous fruit. The flavors are cherry, cranberry, plum, brown spice and sage. It’s lush and full-bodied with bright acidity. It’s a nimble wine — not stewed or like a fruit jam.
Migration Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Goldrock Ridge Vineyard 2013, $68: The intense cherry, ripe berry aromas roar through your nose. In the mouth, there is an earthy, cocoa tone to the berry-cherry-pomegranate flavors framed in supple tannins and sturdy acidity. It’s a rich, generous, complex wine that reflects the site of the Goldrock Ridge Vineyard a few miles from the Pacific at an elevation of 600 feet.
Migration Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyards 2013, $68: This aromatic wonder has good weight in the mouth, tannins are like silk and it shows that signature Bien Nacido white pepper and sandalwood spice. It’s all about red berries, cherry and pomegranate finishing with spice and minerality. Bien Nacido is an iconic site in the Santa Maria Valley in the Central Coast. It was first planted to cool-climate wine grapes in the 1970s: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Winemaker Bo Felton calls Bien Nacido a “grand cru quality vineyard.”
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