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Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Bell Mountain 2003

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In many respects 2003 could be considered a classic vintage for Medlock Ames wines. Fewer temperature surges allowed the fruit to mature more evenly resulting in a better balance between ripeness and maturity. We found wonderful flavors developing at lower sugar levels and jumped on the opportunity to harvest at the optimum time. Our newly opened winery just yards form the vineyard allowed us to quickly capture the essence of the vineyard. The resulting dark and intense Cabernet shows delicious dark cherry and cassis aromas which are enhanced by chocolate, dark berry and licorice on the palate as well as an exotic spicy quality we find characteristic of our vineyard. The dark fruit core of this wine is balanced by firm structure and supple tannins that last with the finish. In many respects 2003 could be considered a classic vintage for Medlock Ames wines. Fewer temperature surges allowed the fruit to mature more evenly resulting in a better balance between ripeness and maturity. We found wonderful flavors developing at lower sugar levels and jumped on the opportunity to harvest at the optimum time. Our newly opened winery just yards form the vineyard allowed us to quickly capture the essence of the vineyard. Sugar: 24.4 Oak: 100% French; 50% new

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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

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Snooth User: TheSieve
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11/29/2007

Four glasses



In many respects 2003 could be considered a classic vintage for Medlock Ames wines. Fewer temperature surges allowed the fruit to mature more evenly resulting in a better balance between ripeness and maturity. We found wonderful flavors developing at lower sugar levels and jumped on the opportunity to harvest at the optimum time. Our newly opened winery just yards form the vineyard allowed us to quickly capture the essence of the vineyard. The resulting dark and intense Cabernet shows delicious dark cherry and cassis aromas which are enhanced by chocolate, dark berry and licorice on the palate as well as an exotic spicy quality we find characteristic of our vineyard. The dark fruit core of this wine is balanced by firm structure and supple tannins that last with the finish. In many respects 2003 could be considered a classic vintage for Medlock Ames wines. Fewer temperature surges allowed the fruit to mature more evenly resulting in a better balance between ripeness and maturity. We found wonderful flavors developing at lower sugar levels and jumped on the opportunity to harvest at the optimum time. Our newly opened winery just yards form the vineyard allowed us to quickly capture the essence of the vineyard. Sugar: 24.4 Oak: 100% French; 50% new

Dietary Information: Organic


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