The 2010 Migration Pinot Noir Anderson Valley (Duckhorn) is a fantastic wine for those looking to splurge a bit this holiday season. This wine is actually sold out at the winery ($42); however, you can still find it online anywhere from $20 to $42.
This is a smooth wine, very balanced yet complex enough to keep the flavors coming. On the nose, it’s a lot of cherry, floral with some cedar. In the mouth, there is a tone of raspberry and black cherry, with spice and oak—even some vanilla and leather. A juicy, yet solid medium finish which is a nice touch.
If you can find this wine under $30, buy a case as it’s a steal at that price point.
This wine displays lovely complexity with a rich entry, balanced acidity, good length and substantial structure. On the palate, it showcases vibrant red fruit with enticing notes of cranberry and strawberry supported by layers of cola and spice. Savory elements of leather, tomato leaf and bacon fat add depth and nuance throughout.
About Migration Winery
Since its premier vintage of Pinot Noir in 2001, Duckhorn Wine Company’s Migration has earned acclaim for a refined and compelling style of winemaking that seamlessly balances vibrancy and finesse.
Embodying the lush elegance of cool-climate California winegrowing, Migration’s exploration of the great Burgundian varietals began in the Anderson Valley, where Duckhorn Wine Company cultivates four estate Pinot Noir vineyards, spanning 207 vine acres. Shaped by the valley’s cool nights, fog-shrouded mornings and mild, sunny afternoons, this world-class fruit established Migration’s stylistic identity—producing sophisticated wines with abundant fruit and bright acidity.
Building on what Migration had already achieved with Pinot Noir,making Chardonnay in a similar style became a natural next step. In 2008, Migration produced its first Chardonnay, using fruit from elite vineyard sources in the Russian River Valley. Representing the first Chardonnay in Duckhorn Wine Company‘s 30-year history, this highly anticipated wine was released in the spring of 2010. Beginning in 2011, Migration also began making a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and together, these two exceptional wines form the cornerstone of the Migration portfolio.
Today, guided by winemaker Bo Felton — a cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialist — Migration has taken flight. Defined by the idea of movement, Migration is dedicated to going beyond its original home and exploring Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California’s finest cool-climate appellations. “Traditionally at Duckhorn Wine Company,” says Bo, “the character of a particular wine is deeply connected to a specific place or region. Migration offers a different paradigm. We are starting with a clearly defined style and exploring how that style can be expressed in different winegrowing regions, which is a fascinating prospect.”