Our visit to Lorenzi Estate Vineyards was one of our favorites hosted by the winemaker’s wife Brenda. She talked about the process her husband, the winemaker, carefully goes thru sampling a bottle from every barrel before deciding a wine is ready to release. With a chef background it is easy to understand how this winemaker is able to craft exceptional tasting wines. They do not use additives in their wine and wait for sulfates to release making their wine very low in sulfates.
We liked all the wines we tried! The 2016 Blend we tried from the barrel was very drinkable now. It was a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Zinfandel. It will be a couple of years before this is released. They are releasing the 2014’s now. We like this wine very much and give it 4 glasses out of 5.
The 2013 Alpha Red was a blend wine that was like a journey through our favorite grapes! This is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot and was rated a 91 pt wine by Wine Enthusiast. We agree and give this wine 5 out of 5 glasses.
The 2017 Brenda’s Blend grenache was a big hit with the wives! It was not too sweet, but just sweet enough and paired nicely with fruit.
We could have sat there all day with the cheese, prosciutto and fruit & nut pairings enjoying the view and ambience! The staff in the wine tasting room was also very accomodating and knowlegable about the wines they were serving (i.e. time in barrel, time in bottles before releasing to the public.) Lorenzi is a Temecula Winery you should definitely put on your list to visit!