The Healdsburg-based winery showcases 20 years of devotion to Bell Mountain Vineyard with the inaugural release of an extremely limited cask selection.
Healdsburg, California, August 31, 2022 – To signify and commemorate two decades of discovery, growth and development at Bell Mountain, Medlock Ames is proud to launch a new limited-production wine: The Flag 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. This Cabernet represents the pinnacle of Bell Mountain Vineyard and embodies the promise that co-founder Ames Morison saw in this estate more than 20 years ago. . Sonoma County’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon with nuance, balance and refreshing acidity, The Flag was first released in a Insight sale in April 2022. The highly anticipated and award-winning wine will ship on November 1, 2022.
Flag Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by winemaker Abby Watt to capture the best of the best from Medlock Ames’ unique terroir at Bell Mountain Vineyard, starting with the 2019 vintage. “Twenty-five years of farming at Bell Mountain has led to an improved life and an intimate knowledge of our land,” says Abby. “With our location in the foothills of the Mayacamas and one of the coolest places in the Alexander Valley, we experience great differences in microclimates. It gives me flexibility in how I select to create over 50 different lots of Cabernet in the cellar. The variety of batches catalyzed the need for a special blend that captures the magic of Bell Mountain and the exceptional Cabernet grown there.
Since its inception, Medlock Ames has made it its mission to produce the finest wine possible from its Bell Mountain vineyard. When Ames discovered this special property at the southern end of the Alexander Valley, which runs through the Russian River Valley, he immediately saw its potential. Armed with a clear vision of the site’s promise, The Flag encapsulates Ames’ 20 years of devotion and history at Bell Mountain.
“This wine embodies our history and our commitment to preserving Bell Mountain,” shares Ames. “When I first saw Bell Mountain over 20 years ago, I knew it had unparalleled potential to create premier wines and The Flag represents the highest potential this land produces. With knowledge of 20 vintages of Cabernet, we are able to identify almost down to the vine which will produce the best of the best in our vineyard.
The wine is named for the Russian River Flag, a newspaper owned and published in Healdsburg in the 1860s by Ames’ great-great-grandfather, John Gilson Howell. The Flag label features a reprint of the original letter from the editor that Mr. Howell wrote when the paper was launched. “The letter resonated with me because many of the referenced ideals, such as truth, freedom, and integrity, encompass how I’ve always wanted to approach Bell Mountain,” Ames shares. “We are grateful to be stewards of this land that gives us so much, and our commitment to sustainability is a way to personify those ideals.”
This wine, which has already received a score of 94 points from James Suckling, offers powerful aromas of blackberries, coffee beans and cocoa powder with notes of fresh herbs, nuts and lavender. On the palate, the wine offers a dense, juicy core surrounded by silky, velvety tannins and shows flavors of cassis and fennel, followed by a long, lingering impression of concentrated wild berries. 2019 The Flag is exclusively available in a three-bottle set, complete with an engraved collector’s wooden box to commemorate the inaugural vintage (SRP: $600).
About Medlock Ames
Medlock Ames Winery was formed in 1998 by college best friends Ames Morison and Chris Medlock James. Their shared passion for wine inspired them to leave their New York City apartment and cross the country to produce award-winning wines at Sonoma’s Bell Mountain Ranch, which straddles the Alexander River and Russian River valleys. The winery is deeply committed to preserving Bell Mountain Vineyard and its surroundings; co-founder Ames Morison is a strong advocate for organic, light farming practices and gentle winemaking techniques to unearth the purest representations of terroir. Today, Medlock Ames specializes in Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, which balances Old and New Worlds in style and technique.