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Vintage
2009
3Divas

2009 3Divas
Varietal Blend
Viognier 36%
Marsanne 32%
Roussanne 32%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
100
Opt Consumption
2010-2013
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 2-20, 2009
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
May 2010

Each of the three Divas (Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne) would make an impressive wine on their own, yet together their voices create an extraordinary harmony in this delightful white Rhône blend.

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Vineyard Profile: Saralee's Vineyard
Located in the alluvial plain of the Russian River Valley just two miles from the river itself, Saralee’s Vineyard has deep and fertile soils comprised of gravel, sand, and loam. On summer evenings, the cool fog rushes into the valley from the Pacific Ocean, allowing the grapes an extended growing season. With the long hang time, the grapes develop full flavor maturity while retaining the all-important natural acidity. Note that 2012 will be the last vintage of 3Divas from this historic vineyard due to new ownership

2009 Vintage
The 2009 growing season was almost picture-perfect with a dry, mild spring and a warm (but not too hot) summer. Harvest started on time in late September, but a few weeks into it, meteorologists predicted a huge rainstorm. The relatively thin skins of our Syrah would not be able to withstand a large amount of rain, and working on a muddy mountainside is problematic. Thus the tail end of our Syrah harvest was accelerated, and we brought in the last grapes just before five inches of rain fell on the north coast of California.

Winemaker's Goal
Each of the three Divas (Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne) would make an impressive wine on their own, yet together their voices create an extraordinarily harmonious wine.  While relatively unknown in the United States, these three varietals have historically been blended together in France's Rhône Valley. More on 3Divas Winemaking

Tasting Notes
The vibrant, rich aroma offers intriguing notes of orange blossom, pear, toasted almonds and clove. The harmonious mouthfeel is medium in weight, with a velvety texture whose flavors carry through for a long, fresh finish.
Winemaking Notes
Select grape bunches were hand-harvested before sunrise, and brought to the winery early in the morning while still very cold. The bunches were hand-sorted to remove individual overripe berries, then whole-cluster pressed into a stainless steel tank. After 24 hours the juice was racked into neutral French oak barrels and each varietal was fermented separately. In order to retain its natural acidity, the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The three varietals were then blended and bottled early to retain the bright and vibrant fruit characteristics. Filtered.

Food Pairings
This classic white blend, with its elegant yet rich personality, is an excellent match for many dishes or even as an aperitif. Goes well with rich seafood, spicy ethnic foods, and lighter meat dishes.  Serve slightly chilled.

3Divas pairs well with seafood newburg, coq au vin, crab cakes, curries, grilled swordfish, barbequed oysters, pasta with roasted cauliflower, baked scallops, goat cheese, and avocado salad. 

Consider our recipe for Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa, and Chilled Zucchini Soup.

Accolades

Other Vintages
The Montemaggiore 3Divas was first introduced in 2009.

 
Varietal Blend
Viognier 36%
Marsanne 32%
Roussanne 32%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
100
Opt Consumption
2010-2013
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 2-20, 2009
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
May 2010