2016 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine
- “Medium-light yellow; assertive, fragrant, grassy, key lime, melon, and tropical fruit aroma with a hint of honeysuckle; medium body; herbal, grassy, citrus and tropical fruit flavors with bright acidity and a slight richness in the silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste."
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Serve with seared scallops sautéed in citrus butter, halibut with lime and tarragon, sushi, or as an aperitif with warm toasts and goat cheese.
The 2016 growing season was cooler than the previous vintage in the Arroyo Seco. Cool mornings and evenings, with highs in the 80s, made the Arroyo Seco weather close to ideal for ripening our Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The vines ripened even more slowly this year due to the afternoon winds, which, like clockwork, roar down the valley. The chilly nights allowed the vines to retain their natural acidity, while the warm days produced just enough sunshine to develop ripe and complex flavors. We started harvesting the Sauvignon Blanc in early September and picked each block at optimal ripeness to give this Flume Crossing blend the full spectrum of flavors.
The grapes for our Sauvignon Blanc are grown in the welldrained, 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.