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Benevolent Neglect-Riesling-Mendocino-2016

Benevolent Neglect


Steep, south-facing vineyard made of grey slate and sandstone. Frickin’ delicious wine. Meyer lemon, apricot, Macintosh apple butter, grapefruit candies. High glycerine, silky on the palate, refreshing and rich all at once. Give it a 2 on the 1-10 sweetness scale. Glorious.

From March 8, 2017 newsletter.

Happiness is Benevolent Neglect Riesling and a bucket of fried chicken (By Sean Nelson)
Last week was the first Friday of the month, which means for Napans "in the know": fried chicken. Southside Cafe, one of our favorite off-the-beaten-path breakfast and lunch places, offers their buttermilk fried chicken once a month. You have to order it at least three days in advance then stand in line to pick it up. Totally worth it.

Hard to think of a better accompaniment for great fried chicken than the new Riesling from Benevolent Neglect.  Its flavors of ripe yellow apple and citrus are a great counterpoint to the spicy/savory chicken. Racy acid cuts right through the grease, refreshing the palate and making you want more. The slight sweetness (I give it a 2 on my 1-10 Sweetness Scale) elevates the flavors. There is sweetness, but it ain't sweet. Southside Cafe fried chicken and Benevolent Neglect Riesling is a match made in heaven.

Benevolent Neglect is Matthew Nagy and Ben Brenner, two young wine professionals with day jobs at other wineries who are chasing their dream. Their name says it: they do as little as necessary in the winery to produce small amounts of consistently fantastic wine from great vineyards. Small quantities, very exclusive.

Only 50 cases of this Riesling were produced, and the winery is almost sold out. We restocked just in time, so get a bucket of the best fried chicken in your town, pop a bottle of this Riesling, and enjoy a mighty fine meal. 


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