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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  • Alamos Torrontes 2015

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    Lemon, grapefruit and green apple aromas with hints of white peach. Melon and lemon flavors on the palate, good full mouthfeel and texture with some spice on the finish following a soft acidity and a base of creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Guerrin et Fils Saint-Veran le Clos Vessats 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Notting Hill ... wine. ... wine. There is plenty of a melon and peach style fruit there and there is some citrus acidity but it is quite mineral and perhaps a little bland. There is no suggestion of vanilla or butter. It went well with the fdish cak Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Weingut Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spatlese 2012

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    Classic Riesling phenolics on the nose with pleasant green apple, green melon and warm peach fruit and sweetly floral aromas. This is richly off dry in the mouth with loads of tingling acidity perfectly balancing out the sweetness, fruit flavors of light lime zest, green apple, pineapple and a soft vanilla and tangerine note lingering after the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Nose is almost acridseems really acidic. Some tart grapefruit on entry, then, ... some tropical fruitbananaor melon. Some grassiness. Yes, there is quite tart acid. That, of course, makes for a refreshing wine. Certainly, easy to drink, but, equally certain, not a particularly sophisticated win Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Canyon Road Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    grapefruit and melon, with a touch of cool minerals. refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Duchessa Lia Barbaresco 2012

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    garnet red, bold, with melon and spices, long finish Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ferraton Père and Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rose 2015

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    Light cherry and watermelon notes on the nose. Delicate palate of soft cherry, strawberry and melon with some citrus acidity coming in towards the finish and a lingering spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Round and firm fruit notes of white peach, ripe melon and green apple on the nose with tangerine and citrus rounding out the aromas. Juicy pear and apple notes in the mouth with chunky melon and just a touch of grapefruit with an orange blossom and cream finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Green melon and sour lemon candy aromas with grapefruit and cut grass. Pleasant and simple on the palate, this brings tart citrus to start and a bit of floral sweetness but finishes slightly herbal. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Every wine producing country has strengths and weaknesses, some more than ... ... oodles of citrus and yellow melon. The exceedingly fresh palate is studded with tropical and citrus fruits to spare. The crisp, clean finish begs you back to the glass for another sip. If you’re looking for a welcome wine for your next party, this is it. The fres... Read More

    From the article Think Beyond Chilean Cabernet


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