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Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Estate Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014

From the winemaker:

The palate is expansive with layers and layers of flavors including lychee, papaya, a hint of green apple, lemon and tangerine oil, bay leaf, and Satsuma orange rind.

Our Bell Mountain Estate ranch stretches from Alexander Valley in the north to Russian River Valley in the south and borders Chalk Hill. This unique site location, with less than 20% planted to vines, affords us a multitude of microclimates and well-drained, gravelly-clay soil with a compacted layer of volcanic ash underneath to grow our grapes. There’s a strong sense of place and personality in our estate wines…something that we pride ourselves on.

Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is bright and zippy with wonderfully balanced acidity. It has the hallmark Medlock Ames grassiness that includes a touch of lemongrass. On the nose, you will find ruby grapefruit, pineapple, and guava. The palate is expansive with layers and layers of flavors including lychee, papaya, a hint of green apple, lemon and tangerine oil, bay leaf, and Satsuma orange rind.

After harvesting the grapes and bringing them into the winery, we macerate the grapes overnight instead of going direct-to-press. This brief skin contact extracts just enough tannin to provide structure to the finished wine and allows us to intensify the unique varietal character of Sauvignon Blanc. Overall, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is crisp with a finish that lingers and is refreshing. We couldn’t ask for more.

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