North Coast, California
The sacred treasure of Bodkin winemaker Chris Christensen, this fabulous late harvest bottle of gold is unapologetically honeyed. This is Chris’ favorite wine. He loves its unctuous orange blossom and candied hazelnut flavors. We love its palatial generosity in the glass, glowing gold and winking with the sure promise of a delicious sip worthy of royalty.
This late harvest Sauv Blanc had a lot of time on the vine to ponder existence. They hung on their Mendocino vines long after harvest was done. And they shriveled into raisins. So, the Bodkin team tackled pressing what little juice was left with gusto. It was, to be fair, absolutely necessary. The sugar-laden raisins weren’t giving up the goods easy.
Like Sauternes and Tokaji, this wine packs a lot of power into a little bottle. Chris let the juice do its thing (minimal intervention is the by-word for Bodkin) until fermentation exhausted the yeast. They just couldn’t get through all that sweet goodness! After some time French Oak Barrels (Alain Foquet’s barrels which are wildly popular in Sauternes) finished up the treatment in grand style.
Honeyed orange blossom and candied walnuts mark this glassful. The full, luscious mouthfeel is complex and lively, leading to a finish that whispers of dewy hayfields and white flowers.
"The story of Bodkin Wines starts on a muddy field outside the town of Agincourt in the north of France on the 25th of October, 1415. Small in numbers, starved for days and ravaged by sickness an English army of 5,000 peasant archers and 1,000 knights, led by their 28-year-old King found itself trapped. Sanding between English and the safety of their land was an army of nearly 30,000 of the wealthiest and best armed men in all of France ready for battle--giddy to collect the ransom of a king. But no ransom was to be collected. For on that day, the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, Henry V and his army of peasant bowmen with their armor-piercing bodkin-pointed arrows gave history a story that inspired Shakespeare to pen a legend for the ages.
584 years later, I first heard this story in Mr. Alberty's English Literature class at Washington High in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bravery and brotherhood, arrows and axes, stirring speeches and a smoking hot French princess--the play Henry V had everything an 18 year old nerdling could have wanted--I was hooked. The play's most famous quote ''We few, we happy few'' has been my motto since I started working my way up through world of wine production in 2003. This 2011 Sauvignon Blanc marks my first commercial release and I hope you enjoy drinking this wine as much I enjoyed the journey of making it...Yay-yay-yay, I know it sounds cliché, but I mean it...Cheers!"
Christopher Christensen Winesmith, HMIC
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