2018 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online
- Once again, a unique Sauvignon Blanc thanks to the use of a little acacia wood that adds depth to the correct varietal aromas and flavors. I am glad to see the winery sticking with this methodology! A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Monterey International Wine Competition.
Monterey International Wine Competition
The 2018 Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is pale yellow in color, highlighted by aromas of honeysuckle and daffodil, bell pepper, sweet herbs, and key lime. These aromas are complemented on the palate by the bright flavors of grapefruit, lime, and lemongrass, with a rich texture and long finish provided by the acacia barrels.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Serve as an aperitif with goat cheese or oysters, or with an entree of sushi, or seared scallops with green goddess dressing.
The 2018 growing season was characterized by a cool spring in the Arroyo Seco. Chilly 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. The cool weather enhanced the grapefruit, lime, and sweet herb flavors in the Sauvignon Musqué grapes, while the afternoon winds helped slow their maturity and increase their texture. Harvesting of the Sauvignon Blanc began in early September, and each block was picked at optimal ripeness till mid-October, 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.