High elevation (3200 feet) super-rocky vineyard north of Napa. Smell and taste cherry cough drops, blackberries, black truffle, roast almond, meat locker and toasty chocolate croissant. All this seamlessly moves into the taste…very generous and bold with fine palate-coating tannins. Mourvedre’s reputation of wildness is present in this wine if you look for it. About 40% new Hungarian oak adds a little polish. This wine resides in both Geekville and JustBeHappytown.

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Owners Ben Brenner and Matt Nagy are doing a great job building Benevolent Neglect slowly but surely into one of the next New California Wine go-to labels. Matt, who’s in charge of winemaking, works at Matthiasson Winery, so the two have a path to reach their goals with their label. These are delicious, unique wines with soul. Rarely do I state that “everything they make is good,” but at BN, well, “EVERYTHING IS GOOD.” Fairly priced, too.