Chardonnay, Migration, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 14.1% abv, US$32

About 10 days after we visited Migration’s Alexander Valley tasting room and winery in August 2016, it was sold as part of the Duckhorn Wine Company deal (which includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, Goldeneye and Migration) to San Francisco-based TSG Consumer Partners.

GI Partners had owned the portfolio and the industry rumor had been that it was going to be sold the global behemoth Constellation.

On one hand I’m relieved Constellation wasn’t able to ink another deal and subsume yet another winery.  But it is nevertheless deflating to realize there really are so few bonafide, small, hands-on, family-owned wineries left in California.  Not that Migration has been a small operation for a long time now, but it just seems that as time marches on, there are fewer and fewer such wineries in existence.

Our tasting there was really pleasant and we ended up leaving with this bottle.  On the eyes, it’s a medium lemon with aromas of nectarine, yellow apple and light oak. The palate is dry with flavours of more stone fruit and apple, almond and biscuit.

WSET Very Good; a lovely wine.  Drink it chilled; the wood becomes heavy as it warms.

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