(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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  • Moniker Chardonnay Mendocino County 2015


    Vanishing oak and spiced green apple aromas, a touch floral with a note of oat ... mixed spice, a bit of tart melon and potpourr Read More

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  • Had some friends over for to welcome a new member to the club.  She jumped ... this was better.  Pear, melon and smoothness and acidity that really meshed well.  Much like AL's post above - good wines for right people at the right tim Read More

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  • Tenuta di Monterufoli Vermentino di Toscana 2016


    Beautifully integrated aromas of warm apple crumble, peach and melon. Juicy lemon and fresh apple fruit flavors with golden pear and gooseberry notes, lightly floral with a pleasantly toasted hazelnut note towards the mid palate, a zesty acidity throughout and a warming spice on the finish. 92 pts Read More

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  • J Vineyards Cuvée 20 Russian River Valley NV


    Fresh citrus fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit with soft brioche and warm ... more fresh fruit flavors of melon and citrus pith towards the finish. A consistently solid and approachable blend.90 p Read More

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  • The country of Georgia has produced wine for more than 8,000 vintages. While ... and in PDO blends. Yellow melon, Bartlett pear and a honeyed edge are typical characteristics.TsolikouriIn Georgia’s cutting edge, Wild West region Tsolikouri is the leading white grape. This late ripening variety produces full bodied whites that are particularly ... Read More

    From the article Wine Grape Study Guide: Georgia

  • Capanna Moscadello di Montalcino 2015


    Highly floral gardenia and white peach aromas with a bit of salinity. Off dry ... fruit flavors of apple and melon, somehow the sweetness overshadows the other notes, leading to a mostly floral rose garden finis Read More

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  • Montalcino, a Tuscan town in Central Italy, is known for its superior wines. It ... fruit flavors of apple and melon, somehow the sweetness overshadows the other notes, leading to a mostly floral rose garden finish. Capanna Moscadello di Montalcino 2011Today this shows some developing notes of caramel, candied orange peel and butterscotch with ... Read More

    From the article Life Before and After Brunello

  • E - Thanks for taking the time.This post is late - work eating up my ... that ... that balances lemongrass, melon and grapefruit well.  Add great acidity to drive the aftertaste and you've got a good wine.Ernesto Catena is Nickolous Catena's son - does Tikal - and his daughter Laura is a Harvard grad - a board certified MD and just happens to ... Read More

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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2015


    Creamy lemon and melon aromas, a bit nutty and floral with a hint of star anise. In the mouth, fresh lemonade and apricot notes, a touch of persimmon and fresh melon on the mid palate, tart but balanced acidity throughout and a creamy textured finish of apple and rye toast. Nice complexity and balance. Read More

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  • Back in 2010, less than one million cases of Prosecco were imported to the ... ... Conegliano 2016Clean, light melon and lemon aromas with touches of green apple and soft spice. A bit tart on entry, this fills in around the edges with pear and melon flavors and a silky texture, finishing with an earthy, dry finish with a glimpse of honeysuckle... Read More

    From the article The Sparkling Wine Trendsetter of 2017

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