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2019 Maker Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc by Chris Christensen
2020 Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc by Chris Christensen

2020 Sparkling Sauv Blanc

Black-Owned

40 Under 40

Winery: Bodkin Wines
Maker: Chris Christensen
Region: Sonoma County AVA, CA
Notes: Lemon-lime, passionfruit, mischievous acidity

The Nerdy Details

Price per can: $8
Aged: Stainless steel
Residual Sugar (g/L): .2
ABV: 10.6%
pH: 2.95

100% Sauvignon Blanc

The Maker

Chris Christensen is a self-taught, envelope-pushing vintner originally from rural Iowa. He burst onto the wine scene in 2011 with Bodkin wines, where he’s known for being the first American to make a Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. He was recently dubbed the “Bubbles Innovator” on Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 Tastemaker list.

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The Wine

This is not your blend-into-the-background bubbly. It’s 100% Sauvignon Blanc — with bubbles. It’s a quaffable summer beverage that is so light, so refreshing, that it almost transcends the genre of wine. In-line carbonation intensifies and focuses the lively citrus and passion-fruit flavors. This wine is thirst-quenching and very, very Sauvignon Blanc. As Chris says, “Es crushablé.‎”

 

Acidity

4/5

Body

2/5

Sweetness

1/5

Tannin

1/5

The Can

  • 100% Recyclable
  • Doesn’t affect the taste
  • No light exposure or oxidation
  • No “corked” wines
1 can is equivalent to 1/3 bottle

The Label

The colors on the can were inspired by the lemon-lime, passionfruit flavors of this wine.

Pair With

Try a tangy goat cheese, a crisp veggie platter, or pork dumplings.

Winemaker Notes

From Chris: Whatever happened to pretty, aromatic sparkling wines? The Maker wine project is about pushing the envelope, it’s about delivering. One does not half step, this is 100% Sauvignon blanc. That’s just a flex.

This wine is carbonated “in-line” right before it hits the can. I stone cold flipped out when I first tried it, it’s refreshing; tertiary aromas from secondary fermentation can tamp down attributes of sparkling wine. It’s even cleaner, even tighter, even more Sauvignon Blanc.

“The perfect summer sparkling wine with lemon-lime aromas with citrus and passion fruit flavors.”

— Coveteur
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