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

2019 Sparkling Sauv Blanc

Black-owned

Certified Sustainble

Award-winner

Winery: Bodkin Wines
Maker: Chris Christensen
Region: Clear Lake AVA, Lake County, CA
Vineyard: Sandy Bend Vineyard
Certifications: California Certified Sustainable (CCSW) since 2013
Awards: 92 Points, Gold, Sunset Mag Int’l Wine Competition
Notes: Lemon-lime, passionfruit, mischievous acidity

The Nerdy Details

Price per can: $7
Cans Produced: 9,842
Aged: Stainless steel
Residual Sugar (g/L): 2
ABV: 10.6%
pH: 3.05

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.

From the vineyard: Sauvignon Blanc blocks (clone 1) were sourced from Sandy Bend Vineyard, a family-run operation that has been Certified Sustainably Farmed (CCSW) since 2013. Its high-elevation terroir and sandy loam, alluvial soils that are rich yet well-drained provide the perfect growing conditions for Sauvignon Blanc.

Cooling breezes from the west, which often manifest in Upper Lake in the mid-afternoon, assist in facilitating excellent growing conditions. This, as well as the additional cooling effect the whole region enjoys due to Clear Lake, results in a diurnal swing that frequently exceeds 35 or 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It is this dynamic, working in concert with the desirable soil, that is so ideal for growing the white wine varietals found at SBV. The cooler late-day and evening temperatures enhance and preserve the grapes’ acidity and slows the ripening process enough to foster excellent flavor characteristics and the development of desirable complexity. Due to Lake County’s long growing season and ideal temperature dynamics, achieving proper sugar levels is a near-certainty year in and year out.

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

— Coveteur
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