Bow & Arrow Willamette Valley Melon 2021
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Melon? Are we talking cantaloupe, water, musk, or what?! Melon the grape, often referred to by its longer name Melon de Bourgogne, is so rare in the Pacific Northwest that we wouldn’t hold it against anyone for questioning the fruit origin of the wine. Bow & Arrow’s take on Melon is equal parts rich (from aging on lees) and bright, an excellent pair for holiday oysters or with a salad or hey, why not have a glass before dinner?
From Bow & Arrow: "In truth the WV is a Yamhill County AVA expression of Melon as both vineyards, Deux Vert and Lonely Llama, are in the boundary. The soils here are more a mix of alluvial and volcanic soils than its neighbors. Deux Vert has the oldest (intentionally!) planted Melon vines in the state. Maybe the country... The vinification and elevage is informed by multiple visits to the maestros of Muscadet (Pepiere, L'Ecu (Guy, though...lol), Luneau-Papin). I found tanks that mirror the dimensions of the underground reservoirs traditionally found at those producers age the wine on the lees for the minimum eight months that quality Melon seems to require. The wine reads as sea air and oyster shell with herbal reverb and citrus sustain."
Bow & Arrow, our downstairs neighbor in The Bindery building, is far from your typical Oregon winery. Instead of focusing on Pinot noir (and Pinot gris), they search the state for great vineyard sources of Gamay, Melon, Sauvignon blanc, and Cabernet Franc. They just might take over the world using tongue-in-cheek wine names, ultra-modest prices, and lip-smacking wines.