Bodkin 'Light Skin' Skin Contact Zinfandel 2021

Bodkin 'Light Skin' Skin Contact Zinfandel 2021

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From the importer:

Winemaker Chris Christensen's note: “I wanted to make a chillable light-bodied red wine – I find them quite tasty and I hadn’t made one before, I couldn’t resist. From the start, I called the wine “Light Skin Contact Zinfandel” since I planned to limit the time the grapes stayed on the skin (only 36h compared to the usual 5 to 25+ days). This minimizes the extraction of color and tannins from the skins, keeping the wine light in color and structure. 

Since the working name of “Light Skin Contact Zinfandel” is long and awkward I started calling the wine “Light Skin” for short and over time it morphed into “Light Skinned.” While the wine is ambiguously a dark rosé or light red wine – I felt it paralleled my own family’s mixed-race heritage and wanted to celebrate that. The emojis on the label represent my three nieces, my sister, myself, my brother, my son, my father and my daughter.”

Grape: Zinfandel
Vineyard: L. Venturi Vineyards outside Calpella, Mendocino County, CA. Organically and dry-farmed for over 20 years. Well-drained Pinole gravelly loam soils with a mixture of sandstone, shale, and quartz.
Making of: The crushed grapes spent 36 hours on skins before pressing. The wine was spontaneously fermented and aged in a combination of concrete egg and stainless steel tanks. Bottled without fining or filtration the following summer. SO2: at crush and a small add at the end of fermentation.
Personality: “a very nice strawberry-watermelon flavor that’s as refreshing as it is seasonal. Enjoy it with a slight chill or at a standard red wine temperature – either way, it’s super enjoyable,” Chris says.

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