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Where's Linus? Sauvignon Blanc 2020


100% Sauvignon Blanc. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chris Christensen never thought winemaking was an actual career path for people who weren’t born into a winery or vineyard until he went on a wine tasting trip to Sonoma during his Junior year at Stanford. Chris’s curiosity with wine quickly turned into a real passion. And also a real career: although Christensen originally thought he’d just make a couple of harvests for fun before getting a “real” job in banking (which did shortly happen, for about a year), his true calling won out. So here he is, still making wines for both his own brand called Bodkin Wines (named after a battle in the Hundred Years War; Christensen is a huge medieval-history nerd) and companies like Where's Linus? which the whole ethos is to craft delicious, approachable wine. As an African American vintner, Chris also works to promote diversity and inclusion in the wine industry through speaking engagements, podcasts, and mentorship opportunities for aspiring vintners and winery owners. His work has earned him much kudos, including a place in the Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 industry shakers in 2020. Praised for both his activism and self-taught yet skilled winemaking, Christensen is indisputably one of the figures to watch in the American wine industry, and we’re extremely happy that we can do so with a glass of his Where’s Linus? juicy wine in hand. The grapes for the Sauvignon Blanc come from Sandy Bend Vineyard in Lake County, CA where the grapes were planted in 1996 on alluvial soils and 1,200 feet in elevation. After the slow spontaneous fermentation in tanks, the wine aged in stainless steel and neutral French oak and acacia barrels, to give it a bit of an aromatic lift and texture enhancement elements. Bottling is with a small addition of sulfur and it is not fined or filtered. As for the 2020 vintage, it is sunshine in a bottle! Lightly hazy Sauvignon Blanc with great notes of gooseberry and citrus, without being as overly grapefruity as New Zealand examples. Nice touches of green and tropical brightness. Take us to the tropical islands and pack some green mango salad and grilled chili prawns along. Do not miss out on one of our favorite new wines!

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