(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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  • Ott's Constant Dream Riesling 2011


    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; A very pale Silver Gold in the Glass with ... More notes of green apples, melon, lemon/lime, minerality, and sweetness. Had this alone, but wish I had paired it with something, it deserves foo Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Oh, yes, OT.  Prado is a big favorite with the white wine drinkers in this ... boy, is that wrong.  Melon, tropical fruit and lemon fruit flavors with refreshing tartness.  The oak hits in the aftertaste, but, by then, I am a happy taste Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Chateau du Rozay Condrieu 1992


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Burgundy as there was a melon and peach style fruit there but there was also a kind of almond aftertaste on the finish.It was not particularly acidic. It was a good match for the fishcake Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Rhys Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Alpine Vineyard 2012


    Lots of oaky vanilla hits on the nose. Initial palate sensation supports the ... the vanilla thing along with melon flavor, but then serious acid tartness saves this one for me. Interestingly enough, this one seems to hit me in stages. At the front of the palate, Im thinking California butter bomb, but towards the back of the palate, Im lov... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Trefethen Chardonnay Harmony 2011


    Not bad but not great Napa chardonnay. Expected a lot more but this was fairly ... fruit, some ripe pear and melon, medium to low acidity and a short to medium finis Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • It got better or worse depending on how you look at it. Fun time though. ... ... Block Chardonnay - Lots of melon and lemon curd on the nose, clean silky with a bit if richness. Well done.'12 Wayfarer Chardonnay Fort Ross Seaview - A touch leaner on the aromatics but crisp clean fruit with nice salinity.'09 Maison Ilan MSD Les Chaffots - Poor ... Read More

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  • Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis Vieilles Vignes 1998


    I bought three bottles of this wine for £25 from the website ... did enjoy it. There is some melon,peach and apple style fruit there but it is really quite mineral.There is no hint of butter or vanilla as with some chardonnays because this has been made and aged in stainless steel rather than oak barrels. It is not particulary acidic but is qui... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2011


    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Strong floral nose, with melon and pear on palate. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Santa Julia Torrontes Mendoza 2013


    Light aromas of honeydew melon, lemon and dried papaya. Palate is a bit brighter than the muted aromas, showing more lemon, tangerine, peach cobbler and a creamy vanilla finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • La Fiera Soave 2012


    Parmesan cheese and green apple aromas open for this inviting and interesting ... refreshing, with lemon zest, melon and aged cheese rind. There's enough acidity to prop up the wine until the very end, where it falls off a bit. Not a wine for everyone but if you're a fan of a wine with cheese notes, this is truly deliciou Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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