2014 Migration Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch
Since our first vintage in 2001, Migration has developed a refined and compelling style that balances vibrancy and finesse. Defined by the idea of movement, Migration is dedicated to going beyond our Anderson Valley origins and exploring Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions. This exploration has taken us to the hillsides of Dutton Ranch in the heart of Green Valley - the coolest and foggiest part of the Russian River Valley. At Dutton Ranch, ideal Goldridge soils, and a mix of elite clones, produce a complex and aromatically driven wine with bright cherry, cranberry and red raspberry layers, supported by beautiful acidity and sophisticated notes of Asian spice and earth.
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 40% New Oak, 60% Second Vintage
This wine displays complex and alluring aromas of Rainier cherry, cranberry, cinnamon, sage and fresh-baked pie crust. On the palate it is pure and poised, with sweet cherry and cranberry layers that echo the aromas, as well as deeper notes of black tea and earth. Impeccably balanced, with a bright, precise structure, it glides to a long, fruitful finish.
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.
I enjoyed this wine at lunch at the Getty Center Restraunt in LA. It was a great companion to the food and the view. I paired it with a very spicey Yellowfin Crudo and then Mussels and Clams in a yellow curry sauce. It held its own believe it or not. Normally I would have drunk Riesling. I plan to order a case when I get home. Think the screw cap is superior.