2022 J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
The 2022 Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc displays aromas of honeysuckle, lime, sweet herbs, and fig. The palate consists of bright flavors of grapefruit, kiwi, and guava, with a rich texture and long finish provided by the acacia barrels.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
Monterey County, CA
Serve as an apéritif with goat cheese or oysters; pairs well with sushi or sashimi, and with pesto or chimichurri sauces.
Maturation: Aged in puncheon, barrel, stainless barrel, and stainless tank
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 herb aromas and flavors, and 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 grapes for the Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc are grown on 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 Monterey County ensures that the fleeting, exotic fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are retained along with a vibrant natural acidity. The Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is crafted to be an expression of pure varietal character, influenced only by its terroir, with minimal farming and winemaking intervention.
A cool spring in 2022 led to a mild summer, with daytime highs in the 80s - ideal for gradual ripening. The warmth in early September was just enough to fully mature the Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The cool weather enhanced the grapefruit, lime, and sweet herb flavors in the grapes and retained the fresh acidity; the afternoon winds slowed photosynthesis and increased texture. Harvesting of the Sauvignon Blanc began in early September, with each subsequent block picked at optimal ripeness until early October, giving this Flume Crossing blend the full spectrum of Sauvignon Blanc flavors.