| Tasting Notes: Very attractive, with a modern sensibility. It is inky and juicy with aromas of rhubarb and liquorish, firm and full bodied with a dense, fruity core. The 20% Malvasia Nera and Merlot contributes to the deep color and ripeness, its tannins gentled by 12 months in barrique (20% new). A good example of the new Classico Gran Selezione classification (just the 2nd vintage of this classification).
San Lorenzo is the name of the magnificent wide valley which is the vista from Castello di Ama's 18th Century Villa, and the location of their best vineyards. The property was revived in the 1960's under the Castello di Ama label and is run today by Lorenza Sebasti, the second generation of one of the winery's founding families, and her husband Marco Pallanti, the winemaker. San Lorenzo has always been the signature wine of Castelo di Ama's wines, which include single vineyard bottlings.
2010 marked the first vintage of San Lorenzo's change of designation from Chianti Classico Reserva to Gran Selezione. Gran Selezione is Chianti Classico's most recent designation for top tier wines. It requires:
- 100% estate grown fruit
- minimum of 80% Sangiovese
- minimum ripeness at harvest, measured as potential alcohol, of 13% (up from 12.5% of Chianti Classico)
- greater extract
- minimum of 30 months aging before release (an increase from 24 months of Reserva).
In former Wine Spectator wine critic James Suckling's review of the new Gran Selezione DOCG designation, San Lorenzo scored 96 points, ranking #3 out of over 80 wineries that have been approved for the designation.
Drink now through 2026
- Sadie Flateman, 67 Wine