Bodkin Wines was founded by Chris Christensen, an Iowa native, in 2011. His passion for aromatic wines and winemaking led him to create America’s first Sauvignon Blanc with bubbles. In 2013, Andrew Chambers, an Oregon native, joined the brand and they purchased 24 tons and made 1,100 cases of their award-winning Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. Since that time, Bodkin Wines has produced over 15 varietals of wine, eleven of which were scored at 90 points or higher by Wine Enthusiast. They are consistently growing, year after year, but are determined to keep their presence small and unique. Bodkin Wines is still 100% owned by both Chris and Andrew, two guys living and working hard in Sonoma County.
Victor's Spoils Sauvignon Blanc
Light and approachable, this high-flavor, low-alcohol wine is perfect to drink all day long and into the party hour. Lemon-lime and grapefruit with accents of tangerines and nectarine dominate the flavors and aromas. This wine pairs well with live music, sunny days and fresh cuisine- basically, the best things in life! We call that winning and to the victor go the spoils. Grip and sip! Pairs well with well with live music, sunny days, fresh cuisine, cool dudes and hot babes— so it pairs well with pretty much the best things in life.
This wine was fermented and aged sur-lie for 3 months in stainless drums prior to bottling on 12/13/2018.
5% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Verdelho were blended to enhance the aromatics and add harmony to the finish. This wine is named homophonically in honor of my brother’s second daughter Oakliss Eve – born the day the grapes were harvested…it was too easy…I couldn’t resist a good-bad pun.
Fermented in a stainless steel tank at 55ºF using a yeast cultivar from its native Portugal. The wine was kept on its fermentation lees for three months to build mouthfeel and racked only one time prior to bottling on 12/13/2018.
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
This the winemaker’s favorite wine. Hands down. Notes of honey, orange blossom, candied hazelnuts and silage (yes, decomposing hay – I said it I meant it – Trust me it totally works in the context of this wine). Varieties include: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
No Sulfur Added! WooWhoo!
Russian River Valley Rosé
This non-estate Rosé is made from 100% Syrah grown at the Christensen Family Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Harvested from a single vineyard source direct pressed, fermented dry and aged sir-lie in neutral French oak barrels for three months this wine was built to please the most serious Rosé hound. With acidity that’s crispier than a bag of chips coupled with slowly revealing aromatics and flavors of raspberry compote and cranberry with notes of mineral salts, this wine seamlessly moves across your palate and leaves you looking for another taste.
Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Information coming soon!
Blanc de Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling
Bodkin Wines is proud to release the fourth cuvée of California’s first Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc ™. This unique and stylish twist on Sauvignon Blanc has a core of racy crispness driven by lively acidity, accented with lemon-lime aromas (no cat grass — no worries) and citrus-passion fruit flavors. The pronounced citrus tones team with a note of toasted hazelnuts to accent the enchantingly plush mouth feel of the wine. Pair this wine with food…or not…it works great by itself!
Hotspur Rosé Sparkling
“Hotspur Cuvée” What’s more fun than bubbles? Pink bubbles! Not only is the color of the wine pleasing to the eye; it’s easy drinking and quaffable. The aromas of berries and citrus blossoms on the nose transfer to flavors the pallet, where you’ll find them along with the additional accents of fresh baked brioche and ruby red grapefruit.
55% Zinfandel | 35% Syrah | 3% Albariño | 3% Chenin Blanc | 4% Sauvignon Blanc
Blanc de Blancs Sparkling
“The Fearless” The lion’s share of the grapes coming from the Suisun Valley in Soloano County (A southeast neighbor of Napa). 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 of the grapes all add up to make a reserved and delicate yet lively wine. The low dosage of 2.5g/L really lets the wine speak for itself without the interference of cloying sugar. Made largely of Burgundian varieties and named after John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (1371-1419). The guy was pretty much the honey badger of the 15th C. France…look him up…
High Rock Ranch Zinfandel
The fruit from High Rock Ranch lends itself to making a wine with moderate acidity and high tannin. While historically Bodkin Zinfandels are high in acid and low tannin, I wanted to build a wine that showcases what the vineyard offers. For this wine I focused on increasing the fruit’s aromatic expression with 40% whole cluster fermentation, limiting the extraction of tannin by reducing the number of pump-overs and then limiting the wine’s aging time in barrel. This Zinfandel was aged in a stainless steel tank for 5 months and then saw 3 months in barrel with 25% new French Oak. This combination of stainless steel and barrel aging helped the wine maintain its freshness and varietal expression while imparting a small note of sweet-vanilla oak to accent the fruit and tannin structure.