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Lorenzi Estate

Lorenzi Estate
2014 Private Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$55

Lorenzi Estate
2014 Private Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked plums, spiced tea, flamed orange, and hot copper with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, carefree finish with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A hot-climate cab franc that will work quite well with grilled fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked plums, spiced tea, flamed orange, and hot copper
Taste Flavor: baked plums, spiced tea, flamed orange, and hot copper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A hot-climate cab franc that will work quite well with grilled fare.

The Producer

Lorenzi Estate Wines

The Producer
36095 Monte de Oro Rd
Temecula, CA 92592
USA
1 951-313-6407

Their Portfolio

94 Lorenzi Estate 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lorenzi Estate 2012 The Catalyst, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $55.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2013 Estate Grown, Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.7% (USA) $45.00.
88 Lorenzi Estate 2013 Rainbow Gap Vineyard , Grenache, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $35.00.
90 Lorenzi Estate 2012 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley 13.5% (USA) $45.00.
83 Lorenzi Estate 2012 Lopez Ranch Old Vine, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 15.5% (USA) $45.00.
88 Lorenzi Estate 2013 Old Vine, De Ambrogio Block, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 15.8% (USA) $45.00.
90 Lorenzi Estate 2013 Barrels 12,13,14, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 15.4% (USA) $45.00.
88 Lorenzi Estate 2014 Bold Move Private Reserve Red Blend, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $48.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2014 Catalyst Private Reserve Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $75.00.
96 Lorenzi Estate 2014 Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $75.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 13.6% (USA) $75.00.
93 Lorenzi Estate 2015 Single Vineyard Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.3% (USA) $45.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2015 Reserve, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 15.3% (USA) $45.00.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2014 Reserve Fifty Fifty Red Blend, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2014 Private Reserve Bold Move Red Blend, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $55.00.
91 Lorenzi Estate 2015 Reserve Lot 1254, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 15.3% (USA) $85.00.
88 Lorenzi Estate 2014 The Contrarian Private Reserve, Merlot, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $55.00.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2014 Private Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $55.00.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2016 The Seven, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 15.5% (USA) $95.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2016 Extended Aging Reserve, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 15.3% (USA) $55.00.
90 Lorenzi Estate 2016 Los Cojones Block, Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $55.00.
91 Lorenzi Estate 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $75.00.

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.