Fattoria San Lorenzo is an organic estate winery in Montecarotto in Le Marche, a region on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The main wine made here is Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC. Red wines are made under the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC, Rosso Cònero DOC and Rosso Piceno or Piceno DOC denominations.

Owner | Natalino Crognaletti (born 1967) is the current owner.

Background | Natalino’s grandfather, Enrico Crognaletti, was a successful cooper whilst also making his own Verdicchio. Enrico’s son Gino Crognaletti (Natalino’s father) replanted the vineyards with local biotypes of Verdicchio. Today the estate is run by third generation Natalino Crognaletti and his mother, Vera Biondini.

Vineyards | 2011 30 hectares (74.1 acres) of estate and (mainly) rented vines in the communes of Montecarotto, Ostra, Ostra Vetere, and Corinaldo.

Organic certification | 1991 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2011 Still certified organic.

Winemaking | Cement tanks, long lees ageing for whites (see below).

White wines

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, Vigna di Gino | 2010 Crisp and modern at the 2011 Natural Wine Fair.

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Superiore, Campo (Vigna) delle OcheThe name translates as ‘geese field’ because geese roam between the vines. Until 2009 the name was Vigna della Oche. The vineyard is in Montecarotto (left bank of the Esino river). Long lees ageing in tank. | 2000 Vigne delle Ocche Riserva. Hand picked. His best selection. Stainless steel. No oak. 18 months on the lees in tank with lees stirring. Nice soft ripe nose, subtle fruit, some mineral perhaps, golden colour so starting to develop some tertiary aromas, decent texture, soft, nice length, warm finish, good when tasted at Le Busche Restaurant on Friday evening 6th June 2003. | 2010 Campo delle Ocche. Lovely weight at the Real Wine Fair 2012. | 2012 Campo delle Ocche. Nice rich spicey creamy depth at the Real Wine Fair 2016.

Red wines

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC, Vigna Paradiso | 100% Lacrima. From a south facing vineyard at 250 metres (820 feet) on clay-limestone in Ostra (AN). 7,000 vines per hectare (2,834 vines per acre). | 2007 Rich dry sweet berries at the Real Wine Fair, London Tuesday 22nd May 2012. | 2010 Lovely fruit, black cherry, sour cherry, plenty of width, very good at the Real Wine Fair 2016.

Marche Rosso, Vigneti del Solleone | 100% Montepulciano. From a south facing vineyard at 350 metres (1,148 feet) on sandy clay and limestone in Corinaldo (AN). 2,500 vines per hectare (1,012 vines per acre).

Rosso Cònero DOC | 60% Montepulciano and 40% Sangiovese. From an east facing vineyard at 200 metres (656 feet) on iron-rich sandy soil in Ancona. 4,000 vines per hectare (1,619 vines per acre). | 2006 OK, but fading at the Natural Wine Fair 2011.

Rosso Cònero DOC, La Gattara | 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese. From an east facing vineyard at 200 metres (656 feet) on iron-rich sandy soil in Ancona. 4,000 vines per hectare (1,619 vines vines per acre).

Rosso Cònero DOC, Artu

Rosso Piceno DOC, Vigna Burello | 60% Sangiovese, 40% Montepulciano. From a south-east facing vineyard at 300 metres (984 feet) on sandy clay in Ostra Vetere, Corinaldo (AN). 3,000 vines per hectare (1,214 vines per acre).

Rosso Piceno DOC, Di Gino

Contact

Fattoria San Lorenzo

Via San Lorenzo, 6

I-60036 Montecarotto (AN = Ancona), Italy

Tel+39 0731.89656 | www.fattoriasanlorenzo.com