Lorenzi Estate | The best wines come from small places!
People often ask me what my favorite Temecula Winery is? Well, thats hard to say because each winery has something I enjoy about it. Well, the best things come in small places! If you're someone who loves a really good red wine, you can guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you visit Lorenzi Estate.
I love visiting Lorenzi winery, especially when you have beautiful and friendly faces like Brenda, Evelyn and Stephanie. Those ladies really know how to host your wine experience and make you feel right at home!
I've been enjoying their wines for some time and I love how you feel right at home. However, I'm going to be honest.....It took me some time to discover this place because it's super small. The reason I hadn't been to this winery is because its newer and "slightly off the beaten path" so I never had a chance to see it. Lorenzi Winery is a small boutique winery producing primarily red wines, several sparkling wines and a few whites. What finally brought me in were these two Wine Enthusiast Wine Reviews . Of course, I opened it and was surprised to see that Lorenzi winery had the most wines that were rated 90 point and higher. I'm not huge on ratings, because sometimes I don't agree with the wine writer. We all taste different and like different types of wines. However, I do use professional wine writers and sommeliers wine ratings as a guide to myself that the winery is producing high quality wines. Lorenzi had 11+ wines rated 90 point and higher, so that told me that the winemaker is producing some good stuff!. At this time, there are only seven wines available for purchase available due to their small production quantity. List of wines are listed later in this post.
Meet Don Lorenzi, winemaker and owner of Lorenzi winery (pictured above). I had the pleasure of meeting Don several months ago and had the best time. He taught me a little bit about his wines, he made me laugh, we drank wine and even toasted drinks... or bottle and glass! (Insert really big happy face emoji).
Picture above I'm toasting with Winemaker Don with a bottle of their Bella Mia Sparkling wine (which is fantastic) and his glass has some really good stuff that he probably got from the back.
WINE NOTES: Now lets talk wine!!! Below are some of the wines that were the top rated by one of Wine Enthusiast magazine's editors. I've had the pleasure of tasting all of these wines and even have some of the best in my cellar collection. You can click on the wine to read the article and tasting notes by editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Please note that if you go to visit Lorenzi Estate, some of these wines are no longer available, as they are sold out. I have to give a personal shout out to my top favorites! The Phantom 2011 (no longer available, but a new release is on its way), Alpha Red (if you love Bordeaux, you will love this one), 2009 Catalyst (super expensive, but a new release is out) and the 2011 Cabernet. I could go on and on, so your going to have to visit yourself!
2014 varietal Collection Dijon Clone 76 Chardonnay rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2012- Catalyst rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast
2011 Bordello Red rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2011 Cab Franc rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2011 Lot 318 Cabernet Sauvignon rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2011 The Phatom Red rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine (No longer available and my favorite)
2009 Heritage Red rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2009 Series Zinfandel rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2009 The Catalyst Red Rated 94 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine $175 (Amazing)
2011 Alpha Red rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Pictured above, I'm toasting with my friend Alexis with a glass of chardonnay. We are both not big fans of chardonnays so finding one that was not heavily oaked has been difficult. However, we found this one at Lorenzi Estate, that was lightly oaked with a dry finish and with a beautiful peach color that sparkled in the sun.....Look again!!! (picture above)
One very important thing to know is that Lorenzi Estate does not have a restaurant or deli. However, picnics are welcomed and encouraged. In the two pictures above, you can see the cute picnic tables with plenty of shade during the hot summer days. Or just relax with a bottle in the cold winter days with picturesque views of Temecula Wine Country.
I hope you get the chance to stop by Lorenzi Estate on you next trip to Temecula Wine Country. Relax, sip and enjoy!!!!
Tasting fee- $20 Reservation required: No, but welcomed
Dogs welcome: No Kid friendly: No
Hours: 11am to 5pm seven days a week
Outside food allowed: Yes and encouraged
Onsite restaurant or deli: No
Hotel/ accommodations: No
Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear if you have a favorite place to visit. Leave me your comments and I would love to check it out!
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