The 2008 growing season yielded a very complex and complete expression of Migration, with a rich, seamless entry, well-integrated tannins and a harmonious balance between fruit, texture and spice. The nose displays bright cherry, strawberry compote, violet and rhubarb layers, alongside more exotic elements of Asian spice, hickory, earth and roasted meats. These aromatics are echoed on the palate, and further supported by juicy acidity and notes of strawberry, plum, toffee, pie crust and a hint of white pepper.
Tasting Notes: The second label of Goldeneye is a bright and very balanced, if not overly complex, wine that is a good representation of California Pinot Noir. When first poured, the wine seemed like a complete fruit bomb with nothing on the nose except cherries and strawberries. However, as it opened up the dark berries and black plums started to show themselves along with a touch of white pepper and spice in the mouth. There was very little earthiness present. At 14.5% alcohol, this is not a delicate Pinot. It’s got a good medium body, high acidity and a long finish, so it can stand up to a lot of foods that a mellower Pinot would be overwhelmed by. To get the most out of this Migration, decant it for 15 or 20 minutes and then drink it within the hour. After about an hour it starts to lose the brightness and “sunshine” that makes it a really pleasant wine. Food Pairing Suggestions: This Migration screams out for a roasted pork loin and a side of veggies. A nice roasted duck breast would also fit the bill, as well as grilled salmon on cedar plank. But be careful, this is a strong Pinot Noir and it could very easily overpower more delicate salmon preparations. With this wine generally look to do lighter preparations of darker meats and forceful preparations of lighter meats. You might also try it with lamb and braised or roasted chicken. If you want to have it with cheese, opt for a young fresh goat milk cheese. Whatever you do, keep it away from sweet, spicy or excessively fatty dishes.