Bodkin Wines NV 'The Fearless' Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, Suisun Valley, California, USA

Bodkin Wines NV 'The Fearless' Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, Suisun Valley, California, USA

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Bodkin Wines NV 'The Fearless' Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, Suisun Valley, California, USA

Winemaker: Chris Christensen

Farming: Sustainable

Varieties: 75% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Gris, 5% Chennin  Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Blanc.

Dosage: 2.5g/l  (Extra-Brut)

Terroir: The lions share of the grapes come from the Suisun Valley in Soloano  County (Southwest of Napa). 

Vinification: Traditional Method 

Tasting note: In 2018 The warm days and the cooling effects of the Bay at night caused  the grapes to ripen evenly and maintain their acid, making them perfect  for sparkling wine. The focused acidity, lively bubbles and subtle  varietal expression added up to make a reserved and delicate yet lively wine.

 

July 2020 Bottle Club Feature!

Chris Christensen is a gem of a man. Hailing from Iowa, this midwesterner grew up with a love of Shakespeare and an urge to do something big. As a lot of farmboys are want to do, he moved west to be amongst the vines nearly 20 years ago.  After years of working in wine production, Chris released the first Bodkin bottles- something to call his own- in 2011. Now, he's known as one of the renegade New California winemakers specializing in delicious, hand-crafted, fruit-driven wines at really great prices. He says he's a "baller on a budget", and we are into it! 

This wine is a fun one. Blanc de blancs means “white of whites”, meaning the juice of white grapes, and in The Fearless sparkling wine, that includes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc. These sustainably-farmed white grapes come from the beautiful rolling-hill vineyards in Suisun Valley (just East of Napa over the Mayacamas Range). Suisin Valley is a fantastic place to find winemakers and farmers doing their own thing with many old-vine vineyards of varieties that were ripped out of neighboring Napa County in favor for the cash crops of Cabernet Sauvignon. The warm days here are mitigated by the cooling winds coming off the San Pablo Bay, helping the grapes to evenly ripen and maintain their natural acidity. This makes the vines here perfect for sparkling wines. The focused acidity, lively bubbles, and subtle varietal expressions of white flowers, orchard fruit, and citrus add up to make a delicate yet expressive wine.

We love this with buttermilk fried chicken, honey-corn bread, and summer salads with stone fruit and fresh chevre.  


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