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 Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 40% New Oak, 60% Neutral
In 2016, the cool, marine-influenced climate of Drum Canyon Vineyard resulted in a supple and velvety wine, with enticing aromas of raspberry, cassis and flowers. On the palate, impeccably balanced acidity brightens the flavors of Bing cherry and sweet berries, with hints of vanilla and oak accentuating the vibrant fruit and carrying the wine to a lingering, well-textured finish.
The 2016 growing season provided another excellent vintage in the Sta. Rita Hills. Warm weather in February was moderated by cold night temperatures, which delayed budbreak until early March. Ideal weather during flowering and set was followed by somewhat cooler temperatures during the growing season, with bursts of warm spells allowing for optimal ripening of the fruit. Crop yields were average, and the berry size was small-to-medium, offering lovely concentration and complexity.
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