Bow & Arrow 'Melon', Johan Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014

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Bow & Arrow 'Melon', Johan Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014

18.50

We absolutely love this wine, but it's not the easiest to describe, and, in some ways, that's what makes it so deliciously interesting, because your mind doesn't immediately latch onto familiar flavour notes, as it might with Sauvignon Blanc (gooseberries! again!) or Viognier (apricots! again!). It gives your imagination a creative workout. Melon de Bourgogne is a grape variety most commonly associated with the Loire Valley and Muscadet in particular, but this example comes from the Willamette Valley in Oregon and it's significantly more interesting than your average Muscadet. 

Who better to describe it, than its winemaker, Scott Frank: "Bracing acidity, intense minerality, My favourite Melons taste like rocks! Occasionally you get a vintage where the fruit comes through, but you wouldn't typically characterise Melon as being 'fruity'. Often there's a salinity to it or a brininess, and the classic pairing to it is oysters for that very reason. They're just super-transparent and energetic wines, with a lot of vitality on the palate... you don't want to stop drinking them!" 12.5% alc. Drink now-2017. 

An aside
While we were chatting to winemaker, Scott Frank, at The Real Wine Fair in London, we noticed that his concentration was lapsing (not an unusual state of affairs) and his eyes were darting towards a swarthy gentleman in his late 50s, who was tasting his wines. "Très, très bon," said the man, "...impressionant". Scott thanked him effusively, shaking his hand vigorously, and, as he turned back to us to resume our conversation, seemed to be a couple of inches taller. We asked him who the man was and Scott, seemingly sideswiped by the moment, explained that he was "the great" Marc Pesnot from Muscadet, the man who makes the very Melon de Bourgogne on which Scott modelled his wine. It was such a great moment to witness. He looked like a young schoolkid who had just had his hair ruffled by this favourite footballer. 

Vinous: "Bright straw. Aromas of lemon zest, green apple and quinine, along with subtle floral and herb nuances in the background. Juicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors unfurl slowly with air and show good delineation and lift. Finishes on a zesty lemon note, showing good cling and lingering florality."

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