Full Review

Lorenzi Estate

Lorenzi Estate
2017 Reserve Estate, Merlot, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.6%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65

Lorenzi Estate
2017 Reserve Estate, Merlot, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.6%
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of caramel, cassis, thyme, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish evoking notes of berry sorbet and oak with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy, fruit-forward Merlot that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full, Oaky & New World
Aroma Aroma: caramel, cassis, thyme, and leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of berry sorbet and oak
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An earthy, fruit-forward Merlot that will shine at the table.

The Producer

Lorenzi Estate Wines

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

Their Portfolio

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.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2017 Reserve, Petite Sirah, Temecula Valley 15.6% (USA) $65.00.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2017 The Catalyst Reserve Red Blend, Temecula Valley 15.3% (USA) $75.00.
88 Lorenzi Estate 2017 Reserve Estate, Zinfandel, Temecula Valley 15.5% (USA) $65.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2017 Reserve Estate, Merlot, Temecula Valley 15.6% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lorenzi Estate 2019 Estate, Chardonnay, South Coast 15.73% (USA) $45.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 15.2% (USA) $45.00.
94 Lorenzi Estate 2018 De Ambrogio Block, Zinfandel, South Coast 15.3% (USA) $55.00.
95 Lorenzi Estate 2018 The Catalyst IX Reserve Red Blend, South Coast 14.9% (USA) $65.00.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2018 Dos Cojones Estate Reserve, Syrah, South Coast 15.6% (USA) $45.00.
90 Lorenzi Estate 2018 Macho Grenacho Block Estate Reserve, Grenache, South Coast 14.7% (USA) $45.00.
89 Lorenzi Estate 2018 The Swale Estate Reserve, Petite Sirah, South Coast 15.6% (USA) $45.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2018 Estate Reserve Single Vineyard, Malbec, South Coast 14.9% (USA) $45.00.
92 Lorenzi Estate 2017 Double Down Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Coast 15.1% (USA) $75.00.
87 Lorenzi Estate 2020 Dijon Clone 76 Single Vineyard, Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.

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.