Swick Wines (Oregon) Melon de Bourgogne 2017 is a Pacific Northwest take on the quintessential white wine of the Eastern Loire. It is a straw colored and with a nose that reminded me of ripe cantaloupe (I swear my thinking of melon flavors has nothing to do with the name here! ). This isn't as lean and minerally like a Muscadet--the aforementioned French wine using the grape. It has a lusciousness to go with it's high acidity. It goes well with food but it is also a wine you can just knock down sitting outside on a summer day.
This is a natural, low intervention wine but it isn't anything off putting or funky. There is a hint of something sour, something wild on the finish but you have to really try concentrate to even notice this. You may get a little bit of "vinegar-iness" but this, again, is mild.
I tried to find Muscadet in this wine but doing that is as much an exercise of imagination than tasting. There is certainly the acidity and minerality of a Muscadet but it also, just as certainly is not the SAME as a Muscadet. The hints of those french wines might be as much fantasy as reality. Obviously there are similarities; it is the same grape.
Swick avoid additives and create wines with low intervention on the part of the winemaker. You get a sense that you are tasting the land where the wine is made and not a marketing campaign with this wine (and the other unique wines produced by Swick.