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Vintage
2010
3Divas

2010 3Divas
Varietal Blend
Viognier 34% Marsanne 33% Roussanne 33%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.10
Cases Produced
200
Opt Consumption
2011-2014
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 4-26, 2010
Bottling Date
April 2011
Release Date
May 2011

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

2010 Vintage
Although 2010 was disastrous for many on California's north coast, Montemaggiore experienced a great vintage.  Spring was wet and cold, followed by a cool summer with temperatures about 5-10°F below normal. For several days in late August and early September, however, temperatures rose well above 100°F. Grapes in many vineyards shriveled and sunburned but Paolo's Vineyard was unaffected due to its high elevation (thus moderating temperatures), close vine spacing (less direct sunlight), and biodynamic practices (heartier vines).  Our harvest started a bit later than usual in mid-October due to the generally cool season.

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, multi-faceted aroma offers intriguing notes of pineapple, orange blossom, pear, and toasted almonds. The harmonious mouthfeel is medium in weight, with a silky and supple 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 of the three varietals was fermented separately. In order to retain its natural acidity, the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The 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

San Francisco Chronicle
January 2012

The 2010 3Divas performed very well by winning a Gold Medal in the largest American wine competition, in which more than 5,500 wines were judged by sommeliers, wine writers, and winemakers.

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

 
Varietal Blend
Viognier 34% Marsanne 33% Roussanne 33%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.10
Cases Produced
200
Opt Consumption
2011-2014
Cooperage
0% new oak
Harvest Date
Oct 4-26, 2010
Bottling Date
April 2011
Release Date
May 2011