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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  • As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one ... ... aromas of grapefruit, melon, honeysuckle and pear lead into a palate bursting with juicy succulent fruit, a fabulous lively acidity and even a nice mineral streak. Not only is this a fantastic summertime sipper but it's also a great pairing for spicy Asian f... Read More

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  • Margerum Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Very pale yellow color. Something of a fresh, tart nosea bit of cut grass, and a hint of melon. Green apple fruit on entry to the palate. This is accentuated by acid tartness towards the back of the tongue and palate. Very refreshing wine. Great for a summer evening on the patio. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Clos Canarelli Biancu Gentile Vin de France "Bg" 2012

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    Just tried this wine that I received locally on special order. It is a white ... ... mixed with pear and melon, slightly dry but rich in texture. It paired very well with the raclette we had it with during dine Read More

    Wine review by Lenez


  • Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2012

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    Big oaky bouquet, herevanilla, caramel. Dainty fruit on the front of the ... ... ... the backtropical fruits (melon, banana, mango) and some tree fruit (peach). Good refreshing acid that almost suggest citrus thankfully defeats the oakiness that I detected on the nos Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ott's Constant Dream Riesling 2011

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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