Migration Wines

Owner(s) Duckhorn Wine Co.
Web site www.migrationwines.com
 
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A label under the Duckhorn Wine Company umbrella, originally a second label for Goldeneye. Migration now includes Pinot Noir from both the Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley as well as Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Santa Maria Valley. The wines are generally in the $30-$40 price range.

The winemaker is Neil Bernardi. He has worked in New Zealand at Saint Clair Estate, Cape Campbell and Kim Crawford, and in California at Quintessa. After Quintessa, he joined the winemaking team at Goldeneye under Zach Rasmuson and in early 2007 left to join Ted Lemon at Littorai. In 2009, he rejoined the Duckhorn team as the winemaker for Migration.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., 7,860 cases, $32. Released March 2016. Sourced from Jewell, Searby, Bellflower and Orsi Eastside vineyards. 75% malolactic fermentation, 10% aged in stainless steel. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Reserved aromas of lemon oil and white peach lead to unassuming flavors of lemon, pear and nectarine fruits framed by bracing acidity that shows up on the cleansing finish. Score: 87. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Migration Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 19,675 cases, $38. Released March 2016. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red and black berry fruits, spice and shaved oak lead to a mid weight plus styled wine with exemplary balance and pleasing flavors of Bing cherries, cola and brown spice, finishing with a modest but very pleasing finish of pretentious fruit. An impressive offering considering the large production and one that is widely available in markets countrywide. Score: 90. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Migration Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., 165 cases, $55. Released March 2016. Sourced from blocks that include the original 1973 plantings and 1991 plantings in limestone-rich soils. · Very light golden yellow color in the glass. Plenty of interest to offer on the nose, with aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, white peach, banana and crème brûlée. Citrus-based flavors have a steely resolve in this edgy and highly enjoyable offering that speaks more of grapes and stony minerality than oak. Clearly the best of the 2014 Migration Chardonnays. Score: 92. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Migration Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

13.5% alc., 235 cases, $55. Released March 2016. Clone 4 planted in 1982. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. A restrained, but pleasing style with aromas of lemon, pastry creme and chalk dust. Nicely balanced, with juicy citrus and green apple flavors. Highly satisfying but I would have liked a tad more depth and dimension. Score: 91. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Migration Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., 162 cases, $55. Released March 2016. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. The nose is more expressive than the palate, offering bright aromas of lemon peel, spice, vanilla creme and caramel. Somewhat reserved and even austere in the mouth, with flavors of lemon and brioche. The mouthwatering acidity really sticks out. Score: 89. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Migration Searby Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., 162 cases, $55. Released March 2016. Vineyard dates to 1972. Dry farmed, low yields, old vine Rued clone. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Nicely presented aromas of yellow apple, canned peach, white flower bouquet and brown butter. Slightly creamy on the lifted palate, with flavors of lemon wafer, apple and melon. Nicely composed, with vibrant acidity and an uplifting finish. Score: 90. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., 14,300 cases, $32. Grapes are sourced from the cool Green Valley of Russian River Valley region. 75% malolactic fermentation. 10% of wine aged in stainless steel. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Complex and enticing aromas of lemon oil, white stone fruits, honeysuckle, vanilla and blonde caramel. Bright, refreshing and tasty, with mid palate flavors of white peach, pear and subtle nutty oak, finishing with a burst of lemon driven juiciness. This wine is easy to like with its polished texture and harmony. Score: 90. Reviewed September 18, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Migration Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 19,722 cases, $38. A blend of fruit from the cooler Green Valley of Russian River Valley and slightly warmer parts of the Russian River Valley. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty of interest here with aromas of strawberry, red cherry, baking spice and toasty oak. The light to mid weight flavors of cherry, black raspberry, rhubarb and cola are quite enjoyable, albeit with a slightly confected tone. A solid, forward drinker with supple tannins, a silky texture, and a sweet cherry finish. Score: 89. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Migration Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 488 cases, $68. From the Duckhorn Wine Company portfolio. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely perfume of cherry, rhubarb, sandalwood and vanilla. Cherry-driven in a mid weight style, with discreetly concentrated fruit backed by silky, fine-grain tannins. The wine finishes juicy with notes of graham and spice. Score: 90. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Migration Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.46, 300 cases, $68. Harvest Brix 24.5º. Sourced from Dutton-Manzana and Dutton-Thomas Road vineyards located in the cool Green Valley of Russian River Valley. A mix of clones. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of crushed red cherries, cake spice and nutty oak lead off. Suave and inviting, with a middleweight charge of cherry fruit accented with a deft note of oak. Forward-drinking, with silky tannins, and a noticeable acidity-fueled freshness. My only nit is a bit of alcoholic warmth shows up on the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Migration Goldrock Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.52, 300 cases, $68. Harvest Brix 25.0º. This vineyard is a few miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of about 600 feet. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of blackberry, woodland and nutty oak. Engaging flavors of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry in a mid weight style that sports noticeable but not weighty tannins. The overall impression is one of great harmony and polish and a memorable spiced berry and plum flavored finish. Tasted eight hours later from a previously opened and recorked bottle, the wine had come together even more beautifully and offered an arsenal of Pinot joy. Score: 93. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.54, 8,459 cases, $32. Released October 2013. Grapes harvested from 11 vineyards. Aged 10 months in 90% French oak barrels (35% new), and bottled July 2013. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of pineapple, creme caramel, lemon, flint and subtle oak are echoed on the lightly scaled palate which adds a peach flavor. The juicy acidity makes for refreshing drinking. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Migration Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 11,588 cases, $38. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Effusive aromas of Bing cherry, strawberry, cranberry and a little oak spice. The flavor theme is dark cherry accented with cola, spice and oak. Modest in weight, with plenty of sweet fruit on the finish which throws a hint of heat. A solid wine considering its large scale production. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Migration Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.1% alc., 510 cases, $55. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of dried papaya, guava, apple and oak. Soft and slightly viscous on the palate with flavors of citrus and pear. Elegant and gentle, even a bit shy in fruit intensity. Easy to drink, but lacks a spark of acidity. Score: 89. Reviewed August 25, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Migration Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., 288 cases, $55. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromatically alive with scents of lemon curd, green apple, nutty oak and vanilla. Very easy to like with an appealingly viscous texture and good flavor intensity. Plenty of lemon and stone fruits propel the juicy finish. Clearly, the Central Coast is one of the most underrated sources for Chardonnay. Score: 91. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Migration Searby Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.51, 278 cases, $55. Old vine Rued clone, planted in 1972, and grown in sandy loam and dry-farmed. Aged 10 months in 35% new and 65% once used French oak, and bottled July 2013. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of lemon, lychee and toast. Polished and slightly creamy on the palate with delicate flavors of grilled lemon and yellow peach. Nicely balanced with impressive barrel management. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2009 Migration Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 4.00, TA 0.49, $34. Aged 10 months in 45% new and 55% second vintage French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is dominated by toasted oak with faint dark fruit in the background. Medium bodied array of dark red berries with prominent oak-driven tarry flavor. Soft and slightly creamy on the palate. Decent. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »



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