The 2015 vintage was a very low rainfall year with a cool spring and warm summer. The early spring budbreak advanced vine growth by two to three weeks and created the anticipation of an early harvest. While the warm summer weather was balanced by summer winds, we began Sauvignon Blanc fruit sampling in mid-August as flavors were developing. Harvesting started in early September from our different blocks, allowing us to selectively pick through a range of flavor profiles, from fresh-cut green pepper to grapefruit and passion fruit.
The grapes for the J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc are grown in the well-drained, sandy, cobblestone soils deposited by the Arroyo Seco River. These rugged soils keep yields in check and produce fruit with varietal intensity, minerality and exceptional weight. The long cool growing season of the Arroyo Seco appellation ensures that the fleeting, exotic fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are retained along with vibrant natural acidity. The Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is created to be an expression of pure varietal character, influenced only by its terroir and gently guided by minimal farming and winemaking practices.
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Serve with seared scallops sautéed in citrus butter and tarragon, sushi, or as an aperitif with warm toasts and goat cheese.