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Benevolent Neglect Zinfandel

The famous Enz vineyard is the only vineyard in the Lime Kiln AVA. It abuts a limestone quarry and is own-rooted, organic and dry farmed. It was originally planted in 1891 (Turley gets this fruit) and this 1991 block was from a massale selection off the old vines. 40% is fermented and aged in amphora, with a small percentage being whole cluster. 60% is fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral oak.

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, Lime Kiln Valley
Type: Red
Variety: Zinfandel
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 1991
Production: 1,920 bottles
Soil: Limestone, decomposed granite