Created as a sister label in 2001, Migration is the newest expression of Goldeneye's commitment to Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. With a name chosen to represent change and movement, Migration offers winemaker Zach Rasmuson greater creativity and flexibility as he blends his distinctive Anderson Valley wines.
Located in the heart of Mendocino County, Anderson Valley traces a northwest path from the redwoods to the Pacific. The region's proximity to the coast creates a climate distinguished by low-lying ocean fog that evolves into long, mildly cool days perfect for the cultivation of Pinot Noir.
Using fruit from five estate vineyard properties and grapes selected from other top vineyards in the Anderson Valley appellation, Migration has developed its own distinctive fresh, ripe flavor. Crafted as a lighter alternative to the rich, structured wines of Goldeneye, Migration benefits from the same attention to detail in the vineyard and winemaking.
Choosing between 22 different clonal varieties of Pinot Noir from 23 separate vineyard blocks, the wine enjoys a level of quality in grape selection rivaled by few Pinot Noirs in its class. With each block individually harvested, vinified and barrel-aged, Zach draws from a wide canvas of flavors for his final blend. Aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels, Migration is a second label wine that stands on its own.
Migration's label features the artwork of renowned wildlife artist David Maass. The original painting depicting a flock of Goldeneye ducks migrating along the Pacific Coast is part of the waterfowl art collection on display at the Goldeneye winery.