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Benevolent Neglect Ribolla Gialla

From the Bengier (formerly Vare) Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District in southern Napa. It sits in the mouth of Napa’s Dry Creek Canyon, right next to the creek, and is favored by cooler breezes and marine air from San Pablo Bay. It is certified organic. 15 days of skin contact, where the cap is delicately submerged to keep it wet, barrel aged in old barrels and topped up 50% less than normal to encourage flor yeast. First SO2 addition is at bottling.

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, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll
Type: White
Variety: Ribolla Gialla
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 2001
Production: 864 bottles
Soil: Gravelly loam/alluvial fan