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Duckhorn 2008 Migration Russian River Chardonnay -- Wine Review

Russian River Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week September 20, 2010

A bottle of Duckhorn 2008 Migration Russian River Chardonnay, our Wine of the Week review

Cool-Climate Chardonnay
Duckhorn Wine Company
2008 Chardonnay


Duckhorn Wine Company, which is famous for its world-class reds, utilizes Migration as an aptly-named second label. Not only does it play off the 'duck' theme, but the name reflects the label’s mission: to move away from the grapes and styles on which Duckhorn has built (and continues to build) its world-class reputation. As this label focuses on cool-climate wines, it started out with four distinct Pinot Noirs. In 2008, Migration added its first Chardonnay to the lineup. The wine is made from Russian River Valley fruit with a specific focus on grapes from some of the region's coldest vineyards. On the nose, the wine is ripe with lemon, stone fruit and floral aromas. On the tongue the wine is fairly silky but offers pleasingly biting acidity. Flavors include lemons, white peaches, Asian pears and a hint of minerality. The wine offers nice length for the price with a lingering cashew note. With its nice balance, the wine would work suitably as an aperitif as well as a pairing for a meal. At brunch, try it with a bacon quiche or at dinner, serve with coconut curry, pumpkin ravioli or seared tuna steaks.

Rating: 14.5/20

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