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Lorenzi Estate

Lorenzi Estate
2014 The Contrarian Private Reserve, Merlot, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .05%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$55

Lorenzi Estate
2014 The Contrarian Private Reserve, Merlot, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .05%
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of strawberry jam on toast, baked fruit, dried flowers, and cinnamon dusted apples with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length red licorice, cola, and pink peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. Rich baked fruit and spicy nuance makes this a great red for the warmer months.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: strawberry jam on toast, baked fruit, dried flowers, and cinnamon dusted apples
Taste Flavor: red licorice, cola, and pink peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Rich baked fruit and spicy nuance makes this a great red for the warmer months.

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.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.