Medlock Ames

7074318845 3487 Alexander Valley Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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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 Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... with Barnett, St. Francis, Medlock Ames, Duckhorn, Repris, Domaine Serine, J. K. Carrier, and RdV has been good however.  I think we are getting exceptional wines but I also don't like how some wineries charge excessively for shipping (a few don't charge shipping for... Read More

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  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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  • Well, I picked up my case of wine from Medlock Ames.  The bottles were very cold but appear intact - no pushed up corks or things of this nature.  I guess we are lucky.  The box was a bit battered in true UPS fashion.Too bad about that furnace EM.  As homeowners, we've all been there and done that.  It's only money. Read More

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  • I'm wondering if any fellow Snooth forum members know how to tell if a case of wine got too cold during shipment.  Specifically, I want to know if the bottles were actually frozen for a period of time during their transit from California to Virginia.  This recent cold weather snap has me concerned about a case of wine we are expecting very short... Read More

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  • While you guys were being quite funny and creating interesting postings, I was ... ... I was enjoying a 2006 Medlock Ames (Alexander Valley) Bell Mountain red wine with my Marie Calendar's Beef Pot Pie.  Now there is a most excellent pairing.  This wine had lots of fruit and smooth tannins.  I only drank half the bottle however. &nbs Read More

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  • So here it is, Wednesday afternoon on the east coast.  I've done my ... Tom Cruise.  I have my Medlock Ames 2006 cab in my hand and I'm ready for that first sip of the day.  Ahhhh.  I taste strawberry, blueberry and green grapes.  Oh, wait a minute, that's the fruit I just ate.  Let me take another sip.  That's better.  Now I taste maybe black... Read More

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  • Enjoy your approach to dissecting the week, Al.  I was 'retired' ... curious--have you had the Medlock Ames before? Or is that description of its style/profile from the vineyard itself? Will look forward to hearing how it tastes for you.Also enjoy music, theater and other performing arts (can't believe some of the dances--of all sorts--I've se... Read More

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  • DM - Each day of the week holds a different meaning for me now.  The ... ... ... two weeks too.Regarding Medlock Ames, we visited their tasting room last year (2013).  We joined their wine club because we enjoyed their cabs.  It may not be the best cab around, but the price is quite reasonable.  Hence, a good Wednesday wine - sometimes a week... Read More

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  • This might be a stretch, but when you're retired, almost everything ... ... planned selection:The 2006 Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon; The ripe flavors and rich structure in this Cabernet Sauvignon speak clearly of Sonoma County, and in particular of the warm days and cool nights of Alexander Valley. Fruit for this wine comes from a single vi... Read More

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  • Our main acquisition process for wines have been the wine clubs we joined - St. ... ... , Duckhorn (California), Medlock Ames (California), Barnett (California), Domain Serene (Oregon), J.K. Carrier (Oregon) and RdV (Virginia).  We also frequent several wine shops out here in Virginia.  I can't find many of the exotic wines that are mentioned i... Read More

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