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

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 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 »