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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  • Keermont Vineyards Riverside Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2014

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    Decadent cream and persimmon aromas with a touch of sea breeze on the nose. ... nice fruit base of apple and melon, this is well oaked, with vanilla cream and oak spice rising through the midpalate towards the finish where it lingers imparting waves of wood spice and toas Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • In case you haven’t heard, June 17th is Chenin Blanc Day. And like so ... ... in their portfolio. Warm melon and lemon aromas. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon in the mouth, this is simple and fruit forward but melts into an earthy, oaky and almost tannic finish. Avg. Price: $10  Eikeboom Chenin Blanc Western Cape 201689 pts. Wine Enthusia... Read More

    From the article Chenin Blanc Strikes Back


  • Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly Premiere Cru 2004

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... but not bone-dry.There is a melon,peach and pear style fruit there with some citrus acidity and a hint of butter and vanilla but it is not particularly fruity compared to other chardonnays I have had. I would say it is a little mineral but it is smooth and refreshing and went well with t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Minuty M Rose Cotes de Provence 2016

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    Cherry blossom, light watermelon and strawberry aromas are fun and fruity. Soft and round in the mouth, this has a chunky melon, fleshy strawberry palate with some herbal/green notes toward the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The Dreaming Tree Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2016

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    Lemon, grapefruit and even some pineapple on the nose. Simple and refreshing, ... ... through amidst peach and melon fruit and a finish of chunky melon and citru Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut NV

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    Pear, green apple, peach and ripe melon aromas with a slight creamy brioche note. Very fresh and quite creamy on the palate with fine bubbles and a prickly texture opening for fresh citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. Finishes with a refreshing acidity and good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    Loads of grapefruit and lemongrass with petrol, melon, minerality and acidity give a fruity, juicy finish. Satisfying - drink now - 86 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Campos Reales Sauvignon Blanc Airen 2016

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    Fresh and inviting fruit aromas of tropical mango and melon, peach and pink lady apples on the nose. Citrus fruit on the palate with lime and grapefruit notes playing against pineapple and a juicy refreshing acidity. Finishes with a touch of herb and oak with a creamy texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Americans seem to be growing in curiosity about Spain. Numbers indicate ... ... under-ripe tropical fruit, melon, white floral notes, and grassy notes; a pleasing feminine palate with bright fruit and floral notes in a medium body with a penetrating acidity and long, clean finish.2016 Jose Pariente Verdejo Rueda ($20): Pale gold with green hue... Read More

    From the article Ribera y Rueda: A Tale of Two Wines


  • Parducci True Grit Chardonnay Reserve Mendocino 2015

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    Vanilla and coconut aromas with a touch of green apple and ripe green melon on the nose. In the mouth this is fairly soft and smooth textured, creamy and buttery with notes of apple and pear, a bit of fresh green herb and spice towards the warm finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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