Region: California
Proprietor(s): Melinda Kearney and Michèle Ouellet

Winery Info

From the first vintage of Lorenza in 2008, mother-daughter duo Melinda and Michèle wished to work with old vines, hoping to bring a sense of serious complexity and longevity to their delicate and feminine wine. A visual contrast. As a result, Lorenza sources fruit from several vineyards over 100 years old in the Lodi area. The Bechthold Vineyard was planted in 1847 and provides the team with Cinsault. Lorenza sources a precious few bins of this important pear-like component each year. The beautiful and expressive Grenache is planted in deep white sandy soil with a history going back before prohibition. The old, gnarled Carignan vines tell a long story and deliver a bright fresh burst of activity on the palate and crazy color from the skins. The Mourvedre is farmed by an ambitious farmer with many varietals in his sandy soil. An important textural component for Lorenza, they get the only two rows he grows; these are the younger vines in this group.


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