Amarone DOCG Monte Lodoletta, Riserva 2013- Romano Dal FORNO,

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOCG – ROMANO DAL FORNO- RISERVA 2013

Dal Forno produce world-class cellar wines. This name actually always comes up among wine lovers when it comes to Italy’s absolute top wines. In listing the best Amarone anyway. 

His Amarone Monte Lodoletta matures at least seven years before it comes onto the market. He copied this from his role model Giuseppe “Bepi” Quintarelli. Romano was just 22 years old. Some locals often lovingly called him “Bepis Lehrbub”. Although the wines cannot be compared in terms of their make or origin, the love for wine and the meticulousness to get the best quality out of them, this is what they have in common.

  • Grape Varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
  • Cultivation: conventional
  • Expansion: barrique
  • Development: barrique
  • Filtration: yes
  • Alcohol Content: 16,50 % vol
  • Closure: natural cork
  • Character
    • Strong / spicy / earthy
    • Wine for Meditation
    • Wine for Fireplace/Tobacco Lovers

MORE VINTAGES AVAILABLES:

  • Amarone della Valpolicella D.O.C. Riserva 2012 : € 310
  • Amarone della Valpolicella D.O.C. Riserva 2008 : € 350 (only few in stock)

AWARDS:

  • Robert Parker: 98 points
  • James Suckling :97 points
  • Bibenda: 5 grapes
  • Absurdly intense on the nose, saturated in dark-plum essence, vanilla, tar, ash, mocha and light raisins. Somehow, this still manages to be fresh and elegant — that’s thanks in part to the fine nature of the tannins, which on the surface seem brash and burly. Full-bodied and very, very long, casting dark fruit deep and ingrained. A stunning blockbuster of a wine that will either thrill or disturb.” JAMES SUCKLING.
  • The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is my favorite wine in the retrospective, along with the amazing 2011, 2009 and 1996 vintages. This wine was released at the beginning of this year, and because Dal Forno skipped over the 2014 vintage, this is the only Amarone we will see for a while (until the highly anticipated 2015 is released). The 2013 vintage is characterized by a slightly more streamlined mouthfeel (which isn’t saying much given the baseline enormity of these wines) with carefully etched aromas of black cherry, rum cake, dark chocolate and toasted espresso. The 2013 vintage was balanced overall without the sudden heat waves we saw in the summers of 2011 and 2012. The grapes finished a slow and steady ripening process over an extended growing season. The effect is graceful and focused. Put this bottle aside in your cellar for the decades to come.” ROBERT PARKER

ABOUT DAL FORNO FAMILY:

Dal Forno Romano is Veneto’s ‘Grape King’ and also one of the kings of Amarone, Italy’s great ‘Monster’ wine. Dal Forno produce world-class cellar wines. Romano Dal Forno was born in 1957 in Capovilla, near Illasi; in an environment where wine, more than a product, is a philosophy of life, the family has been taking care of their vineyards for four generations. At 22, together with his wife Loretta, Romano met Giuseppe Quintarelli who was an illuminating guide for him: he opened his eyes to a new way of producing wine and planting vineyards, making him understand the importance of focusing on quality rather than quantity. . Thanks to the precious contribution of his sons Marco, Luca and Michele, Romano Dal Forno was able, in a relatively short time, to bring his company to a top-notch level in the world of wine. The first real results came from the 1983 harvest: since then twenty-two vintages of Amarone della Valpolicella and twenty-five of Valpolicella DOC have been produced.

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