Melon

(Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet, Weisserburgunder)

In the 1970s and 1980s, in a period when varietal accuracy on wine labels was often a secondary thought much of what was thought to be Pinot Blanc in California were actually plantings of Melon. Today, this grape is a minor variety in the Golden State, with small plantings in the cooler areas of the North and Central Coast regions. In such cool, coastal conditions, Melon can make balanced table wines with good flavor. Not surprising, since this old Burgundian variety,once widely grown in that area,is most associated with an even cooler coastal region. In France, Melon is mainly used to make white wines known as Muscadet from the Loire Valley's extreme western edge, known as the Nantes, which borders the Atlantic ocean. Here it makes light acidic white wines, with tart acidity, citric fruit character that often possess a salty character. The best of these come from the Muscadet de Sevre et Maine AOC, where many of the wines are aged sur lie to take on extra Read more »

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  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014

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    Creamy lemon balm and spicy citrus zest aromas with ripe melon and a touch of peach. This is nicely thick and creamy on the palate, almost oily in texture with floral notes of peach, melon and buttery lemon sorbet towards the lightly oaked finish. Read More

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  • E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2015

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    Light watermelon and strawberry aromas. Chunky and soft on the palate with melon notes and a fun fresh spice on the mid palate finishing with a touch of cherry. Read More

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  • Riunite Trebbiano Moscato

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    Juicy peach, melon and apple aromas with a hint of spice. Off dry and effervescent with melon and peach flavors, a touch of lemon cream on the finish and a pinch of spice. Read More

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  • Pazo de San Mauro Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Honey, lemon zest and blossom aromas are nicely perfumed and inviting with a ... a ... from salty sea air to melon to green apple in equal proportion before dispensing a final pop of acidity, cream and almond notes on the finis Read More

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  • Robaliño Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Lightly floral honeysuckle and rose petal aromas with pleasant minerality and ... ... green apple, honeydew melon and clean citrus frui Read More

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  • Santiago Ruiz Albarino 2015

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    Assertive spice and zesty citrus on the nose with sea foam slate minerality. ... floral apricot and toasted melo Read More

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  • Condes de Albarei Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Aromas of mineral peach, green apple and orange blossom with hints of buttery melon. Juicy and firm in the mouth with good body, more melon and fresh grapefruit notes, even a touch of pineapple coming through on the mid palate with a pleasant sandy salinity filtering through towards the finish just before releasing a touch of tangerine and cream. Read More

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  • Pazo de Senorans Albarino Rias Baixas 2014

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    Light refreshing mineral notes of lemongrass and lemon zest with a hint of mint ... ... flavors of ripe peach, melon, persimmon and lemon on the palate with a perky acidity and a hint of effervescence through the midpalate. Finishes light but long with a nice creaminess and more mineral salinit Read More

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  • Altos de Torona Albariño Sobre Lias Rias Baixas 2015

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    Focused salinity, stony minerality and ocean air on the nose are classic and ... bright grapefruit, lime and melon fruit, tart acidity and more minerality coming through. This is canonically Albariño, freshly fruited and nicely balance Read More

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  • Vionta Albarino Rias Baixas 2014

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    Creamy lemon meringue notes with toasted hazelnuts and sustained fresh lemon ... ... and light once more with melon and lemon fading into a toasty memor Read More

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