Medlock Ames Alexander Valley Merlot 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

2006 was not the easiest vintage but some ruthless fruit thinning and careful babysitting helped get this block to the point of optimal ripeness and balance. As in previous vintages, the core of this wine comes from our oldest Merlot plantings where tiny clusters of inky dark Jefferson clone produce wonderful fruit.

Vintages

  • 2006

+ Vintage
Winery: Medlock Ames  
Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
3.4 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
Medlock Ames:
Medlock Ames is located on 335 acres of rolling oak and madrone woodland in the South-Western portion of the Alexander Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The growing season temperature here is similar to Bordeaux's – perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The property also defines the eastern border of the Chalk Hill AVA, an appellation known for having the perfect so... Read more
Medlock Ames is located on 335 acres of rolling oak and madrone woodland in the South-Western portion of the Alexander Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The growing season temperature here is similar to Bordeaux's – perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The property also defines the eastern border of the Chalk Hill AVA, an appellation known for having the perfect soil structure for full flavored white varieties such as Chardonnay. Medlock Ames currently farms 56 acres of wine grapes. The rest of the acreage has been left in its natural state. The winemaking process begins in the vineyard with the choice of trellis systems, shoot positioning, water regimens, row spacing, rootstock and clonal selections. We decided to build our own winery located on our vineyard after producing Medlock Ames Merlot at other wineries for two years. Our goal was to control the winemaking process from grape to bottle. Building from scratch provided us the opportunity to examine other wineries and glean the best features from each, while avoiding their inherent design problems. Governed principally by a desire to make outstanding wine, we chose to employ gravity flow as our winery's chief design element. Gravity flow is the gentlest method of moving wine through its developmental stages. It is vital to preserving the wine's delicate balance. With this system, grapes are first brought into the highest point of the winery. As they journey through the various steps toward becoming wine, they descend to lower levels, always by falling or flowing in a downward motion. The use of gravity flow in winemaking begins at harvest when grapes are brought from the uppermost trellis of Cabernet down to the base of the vineyard where our winery dwells. In accordance with its environment, the structure appears as a meeting of stone and sky. Tasting Room Reservations for tours and/or tasting appointments required. Read less
Suggested Recipe Pairing presented by
Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

View Recipe

Member Reviews for Medlock Ames Alexander Valley Merlot

Add your review
Snooth User: DakotaWiner
3860635
5.00 5
08/26/2013

Five glasses



Tasting Notes:

Intensely flavored and highly structured with tightly woven layers of dark fruits, mocha, spices, and fine, ripe tannins.

2006 was not the easiest vintage but some ruthless fruit thinning and careful babysitting helped get this block to the point of optimal ripeness and balance. As in previous vintages, the core of this wine comes from our oldest Merlot plantings where tiny clusters of inky dark Jefferson clone produce wonderful fruit.

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Merlot Top Lists








Snooth Media Network