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Migration Russian River Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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14.1% ABV
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14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Lush and expressive, this wine begins with alluring aromas of lemon custard and white flowers, with underlying hints of tangerine, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and fresh pie crust. On the palate, lovely stone fruit flavors of peach and nectarine are supported by a beam of enlivening acidity that gives the wine poise and length, carrying it to a long focused finish.

Critical Acclaim

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WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
A star from the Russian River Valley, the 2015 Migration Chardonnay is finely packed with bright core fruit flavors. The wine's solid core on the palate invites a pairing with crispy fried chicken over a bed of arugula. (Tasted: December 9, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Highly floral, this is a light-styled wine with integrated oak. Its apple blossom aroma is delightfully inviting, leading to strong lemon, vanilla and apple pie flavors that play on the lush, creamy palate.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chardonnay Russian River Valley gives up notes of nectarines, honeydew melon and lemon tart with suggestions of spicy applesauce, cashews and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with mouth-filling melon and spiced apple flavors, it offers great vivacity and a nice suggestion of silkiness to the texture, finishing long.
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Migration

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Migration, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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Since our inaugural 2001 vintage of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Migration has developed a refined and compelling style that balances vibrancy and finesse. In the years since, Migration has taken wing beyond our Anderson Valley origins as we have explored Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California’s finest cool-climate appellations, most notably the legendary Sonoma Coast. Today, Migration works with a handful of acclaimed growers to produce a small portfolio of sought-after Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, including our flagship Sonoma Coast wines, and our coveted vineyard-designates. These sophisticated, Burgundian-varietal wines highlight lush fruit, bright acidity and balanced oak influence.

Russian River

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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