Dal Forno Romano, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2009, Italy
PRESS: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 99 points.
"The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a full and generous expression that delivers thick lines and robust flavors of dried blackberry, camphor ash, exotic cedar wood, licorice and tarry road pavement. This vintage saw average temperatures throughout the growing season with a few hailstorms along the way. Very dry weather led to some mild drought in July and August, with ensuing ripening and concentration of the clusters. I found this monumental wine to be irresistible when I first tasted it five years ago, and I consider it to have improved since then. This is one of the most complete and comprehensive vintages produced at Dal Forno, and it gives us an ample 360-degree view onto the might, brawn and potential of this icon wine from the Veneto. Its evolutionary track shows no sign of slowing down."
James Suckling - 98 points.
Producer: Dal Forno Romano
Region/Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella
Country Hierarchy: Veneto, Italy
Grape/Blend: Valpolicella Blend (Corvina 60%, Rondinella 20%, Oseleta 10%, Croatina 10%)
Subtle aromatic things that range from black cherry, blueberry to chocolate anticipate the opulent expression of mature fruit that flows into the mouth. Nuances of truffle, tobacco and new leather wrap around the finish.