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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  •  Cotton candy and Melon nose, creamy with vibrant acidity and sensation of spritz on the tongue. Different, interesting. Too much acidity, getting too hipsterish.  Read More

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  • Artesa Albarino Carneros 2015

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    Soft green apple and light lemon aromas with hints of peach and ripe melon. A hint of green coming through up front and gorgeous soft acidity and notes of lemon and grapefruit with more melon. Nice warm finish with just a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vincent Pinard "Nuance" Sancerre 2014

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    A note of oak comes through, though modest it's there and creates a more ... ... ... twinged just a bit. Melon, citrus and lemongrass notes ride another mainstay - minerality. It's refreshing and will last for a couple of years yet. Paul 90 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Honig Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013

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    Very good as always. Petrol, melon, citrus, lanolin and stone fruit on the nose lead to tantalizing, mouthwatering finish with plenty of minerality and acidity. Drink now - Paul 89 poits Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Sinnean "Unoaked" Chardonnay 2006

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    Fairly pedestrian as far as "unoaked" chardonnays go. There are several better. ... ... in the glass. Apples, melon and pear on the nose. The more moderate notes of pear and melon follow thru. Short aftertaste. Better young - say within 18-24 months of bottling. Paul 83 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Frogs Leap Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009

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    I was blown away by this wine. It may be that others score higher or lower, but ... golden hay liquid with green melons, grapefruit, lemongrass and solid spice - nose is riveting....mainly when you remember that this is a chard from time to time. Grapefruit, lemongrass and melon with touch of pepper and full blown acidity make this a really ama... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2011

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    Peach, melon, tangerine and honeysuckle dominate both the nose and palate. This is gripping and crisp with good minerality and acidity with a zippy after taste. Well done - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Wayside Wine White Wine Central Coast 2013

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    A recent Tasting Room quarterly Wine selection. Pale Gold in the glass; opens ... ... & Kiwi; off to a bit of Melon and more Lime; Honey, Oak, and Cedar. Most of these carry over to the palate with more notes of Honey and Fig. Medium body, nicely balanced, fruit forward, with medium acidity. Long finish with a bit of Oak, White Pepper, and Te... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2013

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    Lithe and with a straw note and a slight separation ring this provides many citrus and melon noted with bright acidity that provides a refreshing and uplifting finish. Go ahead and buy 6 or 8 bottles of this. Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... Coast 2015 - $24   watermelon-fresh & totally beguiling. this is what great rosé wants to be when it grows up. SO GOOD. don’t think, just order. syrah & carignan. we got 5 cases for the year…         Jolie-Laide, Barsotti Vineyard, Gamay, El Dorado 2015 - $30   ... Read More

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