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Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    Color: Deep, opaque garnet

    Nose: Wonderful dark fruit with a beautiful balance that shows a little bit of toast, but only the proper amount.

    Palate: Oustanding. Not only one of the two best wines I tasted at the 11/29/07 Wine 2.0 New Release Only event, but one of the best Cabs I've ever had. That dark fruit comes to the fore on the palate, but it is accompanied by some dark cacao, great acidity and solid but round tannins. You could drink this now with one of the best meals of your life, but I think it will shine ever more over the next 10+ years. The finish last an exceptionally long time. What a deal to get a stunner Cab like this at this price.

    Posted by drxeno on December 3rd, 2007 at 2:59am | report comment

    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.

    Posted by thewinery on December 3rd, 2007 at 10:38pm | report comment

    Color: Darker garnet, slightest brick lowlights. Garnet to lighter brick edges.

    Nose: Huge oak off the bat, but with air it integrates a bit more. Red and black fruit medley here with some drier tones to the fruit now and with some nice leather coming through, as well.

    Palate: Full and with drier tannins, great red and black fruit medley here as well, with dried anise and new leather. Good, but the big oak here as well drowns out the balance a bit still.

    Posted by drxeno on June 3rd, 2011 at 12:17am | report comment

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