Fattoria San Lorenzo, was the single most impressive white wine I have ever drunk from the Marche, and a wine that I still think about often, years later. So when I saw that there was an Il San Lorenzo Rosso available at the Indie Wineries tasting, I made a B line for it. Fattoria San Lorenzo is a fairly new project, having begun in 1995, and given the short history they make quite the spread of wines, both red and white. But I was unaware that there had been an Il San Lorenzo red produced, until I saw it at the tasting. In hindsight this is perhaps not much of a surprise, as the wine is not even listed on the producer website. I know that the 1997 Il San Lorenzo Bianco was made in scant quantities (although you might have drunk some at Convivio, I mention wistfully). I assume that the 2001 Rosso was also a limited release. I also know that Fattoria San Lorenzo has Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Lacrima planted for their various reds, although I do not know the makeup of the Il San Lorenzo Rosso bottling. My guess would be Sangiovese primarily with Montepulciano, and this all matters because you should not hesitate to turn over every stone until you find this wine, which is truly excellent and I'll go so far as to call astounding. Really and truly good, good enough to entirely melt the too cold heart of anyone who still dares to repeat the "Sangiovese is not a noble grape" canard.
I tried this wine during the middle of the big Burgundy festival and for me it was the equal of anything I tried that day. I'm truly shocked that this amazing wine could sit quietly in a corner, ignored by an intelligent city. You'd think the very walls of the room would have been torn asunder. I'm serious. Get out and taste around if you think Sangiovese can't conjure miracles. And think outside the Tuscan box if you are tired of being contained by it. After all, it was Saint Lawrence (San Lorenzo) who was credited with finding the Holy Grail, and he was not Tuscan.