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.
- Tasting Notes
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
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.
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 ▶
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.
San Francisco Chronicle
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.