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De Ponte Vineyard - Melón

De Ponte Vineyard - Melón Wine Details

Description: The Melón grape is the same as France's Muscadet, and is also known as Melón de Bourgogne. Until the early 1980's, Melon in the United States was often misidentified as Pinot blanc. Panther Creek's Melón comes from the 28-year old vines of De Ponte Vineyard near Dundee, Oregon. The 2002 harvest yielded 6.33 tons of Melón from the 3.2-acre vineyard (1.98 tons/acre). Our '02 Melón was tank fermented, then immediately racked into French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. Our 250 case production was bottled September 3, 2003, and was released November 15, 2003. Its nose is pear, citrus and spiced peaches, with a richly textured palate of pear, peach, apricot and just a touch of sea salt.

Varietal Definition
Pinot Blanc:
White grape popular for the dry white wines it produces. Increasingly grown in California, the Northwest, Northeast, Canada.


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