(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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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2012


    Consistent, clear yellow color. Fairly big oaky nosemelon, vanilla. First taste sensation on the tip of the tongue is butterscotch. Then some melon. Spritziness towards the back of the tongue/palate. Butter bomb, to me. Needs acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • OT, I went fairly deep considering this was my first order placed with Bedrock ... cranberry, a bit of green melon, lively acidity and a medium finish. Great QP Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Wolff Vineyards Teroldego Edna Valley 2013


    Quite dark purple color. Fresh, nose of red fruit. Not a full frontal attack ... fruit flavors emergepeach, melon. Quite light on the tannin, but this wine does not lack for firmness. It its not quite full bodied, but it just misses that level. Acid is also quite tame. That being said, Im surprised that I like this wine, but I d Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Chateau Sylvain Raymond Graves 2003


    I bought this wine from the website ... I did enjoy it.There is a melon style fruit there with a little citrus but it is not that acidic.It was an OK wine which went well with the fi Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Tenuta Polvaro Oro 2013


    Clean and direct on the nose with peach and melon rind. Flavors of tart lemon, butter and blue cheese, with a faint green note of fresh cut grass and finish of grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Pinot Bianco Dellago Alto Adige 2013


    Slight heat on the nose with creamy aromas of almond and vanilla. Very juicy ... ... flavors of banana and melon, lime and a tart finish with citrus pith and cream chees Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Giesen Riesling 2013


    Light petrol and green apple aromas with some orange blossom. Melon and peach flavors are bordering on off-dry with some tangerine juice and pink grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Giesen Pinot Gris 2014


    Peach and honey aromas are inviting and quite pronounced. Clean palate of ... ... tart acidity with a bit of a melon note coming through under the acidity which is quite fresh in the front of the mouth. The finish is a bit hot with a neutral wooded not Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Carletto Ricco Bianco 2013


    Honey and melon aromas. Smooth and honeyed on the palate with a mid-palate of light lemon and some mellow toast on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... have ever experienced. Is it melon? A touch of caramel? Smoke? I honestly could not place it. On the palate, it is even a greater joy. Whoa. Fruit, acidity, balance, verve, it has it all. And then some. 92-94 Points. Top Red: 2013 St. Amant Marian's Vineyard Lodi Native ... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future

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