2016 Benevolent Neglect Syrah

Carneros, California

Minimal intervention is likely the best way to describe the winemaking style at Benevolent Neglect. 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 wine that it can be.

They use very little new oak, no oak substitutes, and no industrial additives. If they get the farming right and the weather cooperates, they won't do any additions of water or acidity to alter the natural balance of the wine either.

The fruit for this wine comes from Las Madres Vineyard (which superstar winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown has called “the To Kalon of Syrah”). Nestled in the rolling hills of Carneros, clones 174 and 300 are planted amongst Chardonnay and Pinot Noir plantings. What results is a cool climate Syrah with a tremendous complexity that is not often found in Sonoma County. This vineyard is hand farmed sustainably as a labor of love. This is their fourth vintage of Syrah from Las Madres and the BN boys consider the vineyard their home away from home.

A baseline of blue fruit and olive tapenade balances with integrated tannins and an extremely long and smooth finish with tons of toasted baking spice. Try this beauty with braised short ribs and creamy mashed potatoes or strong cheeses like gouda or smoked cheddar.