Last night a 2012 Jazz Cellars Rhapsody from a Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russian River, this wine is an equal blend of two mouthwatering grapes- Marsanne and Roussanne. On the eye, the wine is a medium-heavy viscosity and golden straw in color. The wine exudes flora and honeysuckle notes on the nose. In the mouth you get a wonderful mix of the two varietals. With the Roussanne, pear and roasted chestnuts are the predominant flavors. With the Marsanne, it gives depth and rich textures on the palate with a touch of honeydew melon. Additionally Marsanne helps in the viscosity of an almost oily quality with the silkiness of the Marsanne.
The food pairing was fresh halibut. Baked with thyme, olive oil, Himalayan sea salt, black pepper, fresh scallions, cilantro and parmesan cheese. Plated and served with fresh chopped parsley and lemon juice. Sautéed asparagus as the vegetable.
A wonderful paired meal and wine!!