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Vintage
2016
3Divas

2016 3Divas
Varietal Blend
Viognier 44% Roussanne 37% Marsanne 19%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.3
Alcohol
14.7
Cases Produced
125
Opt Consumption
2017-2020
Cooperage
100% neutral French Oak
Harvest Date
Oct 6-7, 2016
Bottling Date
March 2017
Release Date
May 2017

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:
The Viognier for this blend comes from Montemaggiore’s estate vineyards whereas the Marsanne and Roussanne were grown on benchland in Sonoma Valley.

The rocky soils of Montemaggiore’s mountainside estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, all grapes are farmed without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

2016 Vintage
A vintage of excellent quality and moderate yields. The growing season started auspiciously with the first normal rainfall after four years of drought. Due to prior drought stress, the grapevines bore smaller berries and a slightly lighter crop than usual. Pollination was thankfully very even. The summer ripening season enjoyed slightly cooler than average daytime highs—perfect for deeply colored, complex wines. Mid-September brought some unseasonably cool temperatures which slowed down and spread out the harvest, a bonus for every winemaker.

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 lively aroma offers intriguing notes of tropical fruits, pear, orange blossom, honey, and roasted nuts. The harmonious mouthfeel is medium in weight, with a supple texture whose flavors carry through for a long, fresh finish.
Winemaking Notes
The marsanne and roussanne grapes were picked and pressed one day earlier than the estate viognier, but all three varietals were fermented together. 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 single stainless steel tank. The juice was racked into neutral French oak barrels, and fermented over the course of a month. In order to retain its natural acidity, the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was kept on the lees during its six months of aging, then bottled 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 44% Roussanne 37% Marsanne 19%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.3
Alcohol
14.7
Cases Produced
125
Opt Consumption
2017-2020
Cooperage
100% neutral French Oak
Harvest Date
Oct 6-7, 2016
Bottling Date
March 2017
Release Date
May 2017