2010 Migration Anderson Valley Split Rail Vineyard Chardonnay
Located on the bank of the Navarro River and surrounded by oak and fir tree forests, this picturesque vineyard is influenced by morning fog and a cool mid-valley location, producing a refined Chardonnay with compelling textural elements and lovely notes of grapefruit and orange blossom.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% Barrel Fermentation, 100% French Oak, 35% New Oak, 65% Second Vintage
In 2010, the mid-valley location of our Split Rail Vineyard yielded a wine that balances good weight and richness with elegance and refreshing acidity. Aromas and flavors of Bosc pear and Fuji apple are intertwined with more delicate terroir-inspired elements of white flowers and wet stone that add refinement to this lovely Chardonnay.
Though the beginning of the growing season was cold and wet, we had a successful bloom and set. Because the cool weather continued into summer, we applied extensive canopy management and vineyard floor cultivation, with little-to-no irrigation. After heat spikes in late August and early September, the end of the season was nice and temperate, and we were able to harvest ripe, high-quality fruit before any rain events. Despite its challenges, 2010 proved excellent for cool-climate winegrowing, delivering elegant wines with depth of flavor and superb balance at relatively low Brix.