|Marsanne - Roussanne blend|
|Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley AVA|
|Varietal:||50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne|
|Vineyard:||Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley AVA|
|Harvest Date:||October 21, 2010|
|Harvest Brix:||26.4 Marsanne / 22.8 Roussanne|
|Release Month:||May 2012|
Set against a background of stately ancient oaks near the town of Windsor, Richard and Saralee Kunde chose this 275-acre site for its cool climate, rich fertile valley soil and rolling hills of the Russian River Valley. Saralee's Vineyard was first planted in 1989. Marsanne and Roussanne vines make up just 3.4 acres out of the total vineyard area.
Following harvest, crush and press, each varietal was individually fermented. The Roussanne was neutral barrel fermented and then aged in new French oak barrel for 6 months and finished in neutral oak. The Marsanne was neutral oak fermented and aged in stainless steel. Both wines experienced malolactic conversion – the Roussanne to completion and partial conversion for the Marsanne. A bâtonage-style lees stirring program was performed on both wines during aging. The wines were blended prior to bottling.
Jazz Cellars' 2010 Rhapsody marries together the best of the white Rhone varietals Marsanne and Roussanne. The wine is highlighted by honey-melon and apricot notes with layers of almonds and hazelnuts balanced with natural acidity and a sense of richness. Rhapsody features a soft entry with a smooth texture, ample mouth feel, and ends with a lingering, rich finish enhanced with a touch of oak.
Awards & Medals
GOLD MEDAL – 2012 San Francisco Rhone Shootout
BRONZE MEDAL – 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition