Lower Slope Chardonnay, 2017

Produced by Medlock Ames

To create our Lower Slope Chardonnay, we cherry pick our favorite micro-crus in our Chardonnay block, planted to the See’s and Old Wente clones. For our 2017 release, we fermented nearly half of the fruit in stainless steel keeping it on the lees, and stirred weekly to improve the body, mouthfeel, and the opportunity to develop brioche flavors. We aged the remaining half in French oak barrels before blending.

Icons/location pin Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
Icons/wine/white Chablis-style Chardonnay
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The details

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Structure
  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
  • Funkiness
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Food Pairing

Fresh Shellfish, Charcuterie, Fatty Raw Seafood

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Tasting Notes

Lemon Zest, Pear, Candy Apple, Wet Stone, Butter

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Interesting Winemaking Technique

or our 2017 release, we fermented nearly half of the fruit in stainless steel keeping it on the lees, and stirred weekly to improve the body, mouthfeel, and the opportunity to develop brioche flavors.

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Unique Climate

On the lower slope of Bell Mountain Estate, on the Russian River side of our property, lies one small block of Chardonnay. It is on a rolling benchland that benefits from cooler nighttime temperatures and lingering morning fog. We harvested our Chardonnay in four different lots, each ripening over a period of three weeks with varying levels of ripeness.

Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

Medlock Ames

Medlock Ames organically farms 55 acres of vineyards in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County. Taste our sustainably farmed and handcrafted wines unique to the terroir of our Bell Mountain Vineyards.

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Nerdy Details

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What's in the bottle
Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 14.1%
Acidity: ph of 3.23
Harvest
Chardonnay from Russian River Valley (100%). Harvested on 2017-09-06 .
Press: Direct press
Winemaking
Fermentation: For our 2017 release, we fermented nearly half of the fruit in stainless steel keeping it on the lees, and stirred weekly to improve the body, mouthfeel, and the opportunity to develop brioche flavors. We aged the remaining half in French oak barrels before blending.
Clarification: No filtration
Aging
We hold the wine in bottle for nine months before release to allow the wine’s bouquet to come to the fore.
Bottled on: 2018-07-23

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