2021 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
This bold and luxurious Pinot Noir reveals entrancing aromas of blackberry, black cherry, cassis, rustic forest floor and sweet baking spices. On the palate it is rich and round, with plush, balanced tannins, concentrated dark berry, vanilla and caramel flavors, and an undercurrent of energetic acidity that adds poise to the lush, lingering 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
0.54 g/100 ml
Aged 10 months in 100% French oak 40% new, 60% neutral
All hand picked fruit, small lot open top fermentation, 4 days of cold soak, daily punch downs.