2021 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay Running Creek 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. This dedication led us to establish our estate vineyard in the heart of the legendary Russian River Valley. This wine is a selection of the best blocks and barrels of wine from this exceptional site. With notes of citrus blossom, white flower and stone fruit, this wine is layered with flavor and aroma while light and refreshing on the palate.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
The 2021 growing season produced a dazzling expression of Running Creek Vineyard Chardonnay with lively aromas of citrus zest, stone fruit, Fuji apple and fresh honey. On the palate, energetic acidity frames the juicy orchard fruit flavors, with hints of lemon rind and caramel lingering throughout a long, bright finish.
With just 50% of our average rainfall to start the season we took proactive measures in our vineyards, including early suckering and pruning, careful cover crop management and targeted irrigation to ensure healthy vines. Spring and summer brought mild-to-warm temperatures that allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, resulting in early flavor development at lower Brix with high acidity. To achieve balanced acids with even more flavor development we waited patiently until September 1st to begin our Chardonnay harvest and completed our last Pinot Noir pick on October 2nd. The resulting wines offer ideal ripeness, supple textures and beautifully concentrated flavors.
Russian River Valley
Running Creek Vineyard
Aged 10 months in 100% French oak 40% new, 60% neutral
75% Malolactic Fermentation