2020 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Enthusiast, August/September 2021
Wine Enthusiast, November 2021
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA
Serve as an aperitif with goat cheese, oysters, or sardines, or enjoy as an entrée with sushi, sashimi, or baked tilapia with Thai basil.
Maturation: Aged in puncheon, barrel, stainless barrel and stainless tank, with 70% in stainless and 30% in barrel (20% new wood barrels)
Barrel Type: New and used acacia barrels; neutral French oak barrels; stainless steel barrels
A crisp, well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc with lively acidity, key lime, grapefruit, and sweet herbs, with a textured finish.
The Arroyo Seco’s cool climate and the partial aging of the wine in acacia wood imparts texture and spice that is a perfect expression of Monterey Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2020 growing season was characterized by a mild spring and summer 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. The cool weather enhanced the grapefruit, lime, and sweet herb flavors from the Sauvignon Musque clone, while the afternoon winds helped slow their maturity and increase their texture. Harvesting began in late September and each block was picked at optimal ripeness until mid-October, giving our 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, gently guided by minimal farming and winemaking practices.