2017 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online
The 2017 Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is pale yellow in color, highlighted by aromas of honeysuckle and daffodil, bell pepper, fresh herbs, and lime. Barrel aging this wine in acacia wood results in a rich texture and a long finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
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 goat cheese or oysters.
The 2017 growing season was characterized by a cool spring in the Arroyo Seco. Cool mornings and evenings, with daytime highs in the 80s during the summer, provided weather close to ideal for gradual ripening of our Sauvignon Blanc grapes for the 2017 Flume Crossing. The warmth in early September, balanced by the afternoon winds of the valley, was just enough to enhance the grapefruit, lime, and fig flavors in the Sauvignon Musque grapes. Harvesting of the Sauvignon Blanc began in early September and each block was picked at optimal ripeness, giving this Flume Crossing blend the full spectrum of flavors.
The grapes for the 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 a 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.