2020 Migration Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard
Highlighting lush, layered flavors, bright acidity and impeccably balanced French oak, Migration is dedicated to crafting wines from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions. Planted in 2003, and farmed by the Dierberg family, Drum Canyon Vineyard is located on the eastern edge of the famed Sta. Rita Hills winegrowing region, where cool, coastal breezes help to produce a beautifully structured Pinot Noir, with velvety tannins and pure notes of pomegranate, dark cherry and clove.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
The sandy, well-draining soils of Drum Canyon Vineyard have produced a rich and deeply hued Pinot Noir with beautifully concentrated layers of black cherry and rhubarb. Though lush and luxurious on the palate, a beam of underlying acidity adds poise and brightness to a long, focused finish.
The vintage began with a cool winter, with late rains, followed by a mild spring and early summer. As the weather turned hot over Labor Day, our Pinot Noir harvest commenced, with the vast majority of the grapes picked over a 10-day period. The late-summer heat also spurred our Cabernet Sauvignon to an early harvest, with our first grapes picked on September 16th. While the impact of smoke required us to be exacting in our grape selection process in both Monterey County and Paso Robles, Southern San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County were largely unaffected. To ensure the absolute quality of our wines, only the finest grapes were used in 2020, yielding wines with great complexity and depth, generous layers of dark fruit and deep, rich colors.
Sta. Rita Hills
Drum Canyon Vineyard
0.53 g/100 ml
Aged 10 months in 100% French oak; 35% new, 65% neutral
10-14 days fermentation at 85°F. All hand picked, small open top fermentations, 3-5 days of cold soak, daily punch downs.