Tried this last night w/ my grilled radicchio:
1. DePonteCllrs D.F.B. Melon de Bourgogne DundeeHills (12.5%; 25 yr old vines; www.DePonteCellars.com) Dayton/OR 2011
: Pale yellow/near colorless; fairly fragrant floral/appley/apple blossom light stony/mineral slight steely/metallic/gunflint rather pleasant nose; quite tart/tangy/lean/metallic refreshing appley/apple blossom some stony/mineral attractive flavor; med.long tangy/metallic some stony/mineral attractive floral/apple blossom/appley/mango finish; a quite pleasant white and as close to a Muscadet as you'll probably find in the USofA; not quite the lean/chalky/steely character of most Muscadet and a bit richer & textured. $30.00 (UdW)
A wee BP:
1. Most of the PinotBlanc that was planted in Calif way back when, including up at Chalone, was subsequently found to be the Muscadet Melon de Bourgogne grape. I suspect this was planted as PinotBlanc w/ the expectation to make a Burgundy-style white. I'm not sure how much authentic PinotBlanc is now planted in Calif or OR.
2. Chalone: Back in the early days; back when Chalone was making great wines, I always liked their PB, often more than the Chard because it typically had more acidity. It was barrel-frmtd/barrel-aged in new Fr.oak and had a ton of oak to it, but a richness & texture that carried well the oak. They aged marvelously, for as much as 20 yrs. Now, realizing that it was actually Muscadet grape, I have no right to like it as much as I did since it was an abberational usage of the melon grape.