Bodkin "High Rock Ranch" Zinfandel 2018
Sonoma County, California
Bodkin Wines, from the self-taught Chris Christensen, started in 2012 with the simple goal of making quaffable, fun wines that are affordable and easy to drink. In his words, his wines “should be enjoyed at family events, momentous occasions, picnics and barbecues — not hoarded in someone’s basement.” He's rocketed up the charts ever since his nomination as a top "Winemaker To Watch" by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2017. (His sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, one of the top 12 in 2020, is also killer!)
The "High Rock Ranch" vineyard sits at 2000 feet elevation with an expansive view of the Sonoma coastline. Much of the work is done by hand due to the severe slopes of the vineyard. With Chris's deft touch it shows a fair bit of aromatic fruit and wonderfully classic "Zinny" tannin structure, with bright blue fruit, a touch of sweet herbs, anise, and a cinnamon-mocha finish from the judicious 25% French oak it sees.
It's a lip-smacking, energetic Zinfandel that just begs for brisket, pulled pork sliders, or or anything that's hearty and full flavored. All clocking in at an almost-unheard-of 13.8% abv.
And for every bottle sold we'll donate a portion to the East Oakland Grocery Co-op – a Black-and-minority-owned food collective addressing the pervasive lack of quality grocery stores and healthy food options in the Bay Area.