92 Points - Wine Advocate
2016 Migration Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard
Migration is dedicated to crafting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions to create wines that highlight lush fruit, bright acidity and impeccably balanced oak. Located atop a mesa overlooking the Santa Maria River, Dierberg Vineyard has emerged as one of Santa Maria Valley’s great Chardonnay sites. Grown in sandy soils, Dierberg’s meticulously farmed vines face the full force of the winds that sweep off the Pacific, producing low yields of concentrated Chardonnay. The result is a wine with length and force that is highlighted by bright acidity and beautiful peach, nectarine and white flower aromatics.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 35% New Oak, and 65% Neutral
Vivid and alluring, this lovely wine begins with aromas of citrus, white flowers, Honeycrisp apple and pear, as well as hints of vanilla from aging in French oak. On the palate, Dierberg’s signature racy acidity adds poise and definition, framing the citrus and orchard fruit flavors, and carrying the wine to a long, refreshing finish.
The California drought continued with winter temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 degrees warmer than average, which resulted in rapid vine growth. Come spring, the temperature fell, and a coastal fog layer arrived like clockwork every morning, in the Santa Maria Valley. While a cool May produced a smaller fruit set than average, a mildly warm summer and slightly cool August allowed for ideal hangtime, yielding small and concentrated berries with delicious varietal character.
Released: March 2018
Santa Maria Valley
September 6, 2016
23.7° Brix at harvest
0.55g/100 ml titratable acidity
10 Months in Barrel
75% Malolactic Fermentation