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Vintage
2011
3Divas

2011 3Divas
Varietal Blend
Viognier 44%Marsanne 18%Roussanne 38%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.7 Brix
Alcohol
13.70
Cases Produced
125
Opt Consumption
2012-2015
Cooperage
100% neutral French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 3-18, 2011
Bottling Date
April 2012
Release Date
June 2012

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

2011 Vintage
Although California's north coast has an ideal climate for growing grapes, the weather in 2011 created many challenges.  Spring was wet and cold, including rain during the crucial pollination phase, followed by a cool summer with temperatures 10-15°F below normal. With a smaller crop, ripening sped up with warmer temperatures in August and September, but then the rain arrived early in October.  At Montemaggiore, we harvested in smaller lots than usual, offering the vines every opportunity for ripeness before significant rain damage set in. 

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 melon, orange blossom, pear, and roasted nuts. 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, with the Viognier fermenting separately from the Marsanne and Roussanne. 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

Wine Enthusiast
March 2013

EDITORS' CHOICE: "A Russian River interpretation of a Rhône blend, this is made from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. It is dry and marked by zesty acidity and just a hint of oak. The pineapple, lime, pear, peach and white pepper flavors are rich. This is a genuinely food-friendly wine. —S.H."

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

 
Varietal Blend
Viognier 44%Marsanne 18%Roussanne 38%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.7 Brix
Alcohol
13.70
Cases Produced
125
Opt Consumption
2012-2015
Cooperage
100% neutral French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 3-18, 2011
Bottling Date
April 2012
Release Date
June 2012