Full Review

Lorenzi Estate

Lorenzi Estate
2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.2%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Lorenzi Estate
2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.2%
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, caramel creme, roasted almond, and hints of leather with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long chocolate cake, coconut-pecan frosting, kirsch, and hints of mint finish with moderate oak flavor. A complex palate pleaser that will delight fans of the Russian River Valley.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: dried cherries, caramel creme, roasted almond, and hints of leather
Taste Flavor: chocolate cake, coconut-pecan frosting, kirsch, and hints of mint
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex palate pleaser that will delight fans of the Russian River Valley.

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 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.
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.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.