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Melón - De Ponte Vineyard

Melón - De Ponte Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: The Melon grape is the same as France's Muscadet, and is also known as Melon 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 29-year old vines of De Ponte Vineyard near Dundee, Oregon. The 2003 harvest yielded 6.72 tons of Melón from the 3.2-acre vineyard (2.1 tons/acre). Our '03 Melón was tank fermented, then immediately racked into French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. Our 300 case production was bottled September 3, 2004, and will be released April 1, 2005. Its nose is pears and yellow flowers, with a richly textured palate of pears, peaches, nasturtiums and a touch of sea salt.

Varietal Definition
Muscadet De Bourgogne:
Temperate climate grape widely grown in the western-most area of the Loire region of France. The product juice goes into the making of the dry, tart white wine that is famous as "Muscadet de Sevres et Maine". The wine is light, fresh with distinctive fruit in its better years and is best consumed while young. Possibly grown also in California where recent research indicates some plantings may have been mis-named the Pinot Blanc.
Pinot Blanc:
White grape popular for the dry white wines it produces. Increasingly grown in California, the Northwest, Northeast, Canada.


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