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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  • Merlot

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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...

  • Chardonnay

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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  • I've started working on the signs Sandra and I will carry this Saturday at ... case, a nice red wine (2013 Medlock Ames Estate Red) got my creative juices flowing and I came up with this sign design.  It's made out of three pieces of cardboard and they are taped together such that they fold down to a smaller size that can be carried under a co... Read More

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  • You guys are not going to believe this one.  Better sit down while you ... ... white wine, the 2014 Medlock Ames Chardonnay won first place in the whites, while our 2010 Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon (Rattleshake Vineyard) won fourth place in the reds.  The 2013 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon won first place in the reds.  There were a few nice... Read More

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  • We cooked the main dishes and brought them over to our son Tom's place. ... ... Pinot Noir and a 2014 Medlock Ames 'Lower Slope' Chardonnay.  Both wines went well with the food.  Upon returning home, we lit a fire and watched some football.  For that I opened a 2011 Rioja Reserva that was only about $15.  It was decent enough for footbal Read More

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  • RBA-Happy B-lated B-day to Sandra. Best wishes.We opened a 2012 medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon-Bell Mountain on Saturday. Decanted for 20 minutes. Should have been more like 90 minutes as the wine continued to get better. Red-blue fruit, a little minerality as the wine continued to open up, medium body and a medium finish. Tannins were firm but... Read More

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  • We celebrated Sandra's 56th birthday (R + 1) yesterday at her parents ... ...  I also brought a 2014 Medlock Ames Chardonnay to drink with our Chinese take-out food and that was decent.  Wish I had a second bottle of that pinot though.  Sandra did get one bottle of wine for her birthday, a 2010 Cabernet Franc from Shenandoah Vineyards in Virgi... Read More

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  • We enjoyed watching the first World Series game last night, although it would ... and as noted recently with a Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine continued to improve the longer the decant time was.  Very tasty and not your standard cab in terms of mouth feel.  Oh, two of our kitties were relaxing on the ottoman during the game because... Read More

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  • A Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature would be my choice.  Here's ... ... before opening this nice Medlock Ames 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (small vines again), and of course it was excellent.  We grilled some steak for me, fish for Sandra and enjoyed dinner after a rain storm passed on by.  Glad we didn't have to ride through that rain the da... Read More

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  • Our case of Medlock Ames wines showed up at UPS yesterday.  I decided to pick them up.  Three vintages of their Cabernet Sauvignon; 2008, 2009 and 2010.  I really enjoy this wine as it's a good value for the taste.  The three bottles of Malbec make the even dozen.  Read More

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  • We enjoyed this 2008 Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon last night.  Poured into our glasses right from the bottle, I probably should have given it a few minutes in the decanter but what the hell.  I noticed this bottle specifies 'small vines' instead of a particular vineyard.  I checked on their website and found this explanation:"Our single-block... Read More

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