I generally find California Sauvignon Blanc to be a little too ripe for my taste, a little too pretty. This one straddles the fence between a California close-up and an old-world postcard. There's plenty of tartness, balanced out with acidity and flavor.
This Sauvignon Blanc wine was named for the original concrete water channel that connected two vineyards. The J Lohr Flume Crossing comes from a cooler 2016 vintage which allowed longer ripening for the grapes yet maintained the acidity needed in this style of wine. The white wine was aged for five months, 45% in stainless steel, 55% in barrels. Alcohol hits 13.8% abv and the retail price is $14.
Flume Crossing is an extremely pale wine with strong mineral and citrus notes on the nose, laced with a gentle herbal edge. The palate shows lemon, peel and all, with a handful of wet rocks minerality. The acidity is zippy and refreshing and begs for some crustaceans, immediately.
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