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Benevolent Neglect Mourvèdre

The Fore Family Vineyard in Lake County is at high elevation (3,000+ feet) and consists of super rocky soils. It is a cool site with extreme diurnal shifts and is usually one of the last picks of the year, but still with low brix (around 23). Open top fermenters and around 15-16 days on skins. Racked once to get off gross lees and then left to naturally clarify in barrel. Older barrels and a small percentage of new Hungarian puncheons to bring out the black pepper spice inherent in the varietal and site.

Winemakers Matt Nagy and Ben Brenner are Matthiasson protégées spreading their wings on their first solo project. With Steve as a mentor and friend they have connections to some of California’s most iconic vineyards making it a cinch for cellar practices to be thoughtful and hands-off, hence the name: Benevolent Neglect. Minimal intervention is the best way to describe their winemaking style. In their words: “the idea of the winemaker is to be the reliable translator—to take what was made in the vineyard from sun, water and soil and let it become the finest it can be.”

Winemaker: Matt Nagy and Ben Brenner
Country: USA
Region: California, Lake County
Type: Red
Variety: Mourvedre
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 2000
Production: 768 bottles
Soil: Volcanic (Fore Family Vineyard), haire clay loam (Las Madres Vineyard)