Medlock Ames is best known for producing superb Merlot. Owners Ames Morison and Christopher Medlock James farm their 56 acre Bell Mountain Vineyard using biodynamic techniques. They grow Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
During production, gravity is used whenever possible to reduce agitation of the wine. Affirming their environmentally sensitive philosophy, the winery is even run on solar power.
Generating solar power is only one part of the sustainability that Medlock Ames stands for; They use Owls and Hawks to monitor the vineyard for rodents that can wreak havoc on the soil. They also have sheep and geese patrolling the vineyards to eat unwanted vegetation and fertilize the soil.
The Medlock Ames 2002 Merlot is an estate wine made with 100% grapes from Bell Mountain Vineyard. This is a ripe wine with flavors of black cherry and plum. It has 15.2% alcohol.
The winery’s other current releases include their 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Red (blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon), and 2004 Chardonnay.