2014 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay Searby Vineyard
Migration is dedicated to crafting wines from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions to create wines that highlight lush fruit, bright acidity and impeccably balanced oak. Planted in 1972, Searby is one of the Russian River Valley’s great hillside vineyards. This wine was made from a block of Searby’s coveted old-vine Rued clone. Grown in sandy loam soils, these dry-farmed vines produce very small crops of intensely aromatic Chardonnay. The result is a fresh and focused wine that balances citrus, passion fruit, lemon blossom and lychee notes, with crisp, elegant acidity.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% Barrel Fermentation, 90% French Oak, 35% New Oak, 55% Second Vintage, 10% Stainless Steel
The 2014 vintage has delivered a classic expression of Searby Vineyard Chardonnay, with a unique and expressive floral aromatic profile that includes notes of honeysuckle and peach blossom, along with layers of Gravenstein and Fuji apples. On the palate, the wine is full and giving with flavors of passion fruit and juicy apple, all framed by good acidity and a touch of toasty oak.
The 2014 growing season got off to a fast start, with the vines awaking early in spring. Though drought conditions continued throughout California, moderate summer weather and a lack of any long-term heat spikes allowed us to avoid any issues. The steady weather contributed to ideal even ripening, and our first pick came into the winery in early August - one of our earliest starts on record. By the time the first rains arrived in late September, harvest was essentially complete. As a result, for the third straight year, the quality of the harvest was exceptional.