Medlock Ames

2018 Medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon Bell Mountain

California, USA
$62.00
In stock
SKU
CV-18MACSBM

The 2018 Bell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a true expression of Bell Mountain Ranch. The wine encompasses a rich profile of summer ripe berries, cigar box, chocolate covered strawberries and blue fruits. Hints of lavender with a touch of sea spray spring from the glass. This is a wine with an elegant but prominent palate and tingling tannins that leave you craving another sip or a juicy steak on the side.

 

Varietal Composition: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Acid: 6.2 g/L

pH: 3.75

Aging: 20 months in neutral French oak

Alcohol: %14.6

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Medlock Ames

Alexander Valley

Medlock Ames Winery was formed in 1998 by college best friends, Chris Medlock James and Ames Morison, who set out to produce award-winning wines from Bell Mountain Ranch. Located at the southwestern tip of Alexander Valley, Bell Mountain has perfect growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Of Bell Mountain Ranch’s 55 acres of vines, 50% are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, a testament to Medlock Ames' passion for this grape. The vineyards are situated in the southeast corner of Alexander Valley at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range giving well-drained, gravelly-clay soil with a compacted layer of volcanic ash underneath. This location has the hot Alexander Valley summers combined with cool nights that is just what the Cabernet Sauvignon grape is looking for to maximize sugar, acid and tannin development. 

 

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter gave less rainfall than normal. Almost all of the precipitation came in the early spring so the vineyard had a full profile of water to start the growing season. We saw good early growth, a few warm periods, but no severe heat spikes. The key ripening period in late summer and early fall was cool and sunny, delaying harvest by a week but allowing full flavor development. The final product is a vintage to dream about: abundant fruit of excellent quality.