Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella

Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 2009

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The 2009 Amarone has an aromatic intensity which very few wines in the world can match. This wine is aged for at least 7 years prior to entering the market due to its epicurean nature meaning this library release is perfectly primed for your drinking pleasure.

99/100 - The Dal Forno family considered releasing their Amarone ten years after the harvest. If that plan had been implemented, this would be the vintage on the market now. The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a full and generous expression that delivers thick lines and robust flavours of dried blackberry, camphor ash, exotic cedar wood, liquorice and tarry road pavement. This vintage saw average temperatures throughout the growing season, with a few hailstorms. 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 irresistible when I first tasted it five years ago, and it has 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 of the might, brawn and potential of this icon wine from the Veneto. Its evolutionary track shows no sign of slowing down. Drink 2019 - 2045. - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

95/100 - The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella is one of the most sexy, open-knit young Dal Forno Amarones I can remember tasting. An enticing mélange of mocha, black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and leather captivates the senses. Incredibly open today, the 2009 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring or aged for twenty years, perhaps beyond. Although the 2009 doesn't quite reach the heights of the truly epic vintages here, it comes very close and will provide considerable pleasure sooner than many of those wines. I don't think I have ever tasted a young Dal Forno Amarone with this much allure. Drink 2016 - 2029. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

17++/20 - Almost impenetrably deep, purple ruby. Intensely brooding, savoury fruit. Richly concentrated and intense, but not overpoweringly so. Richly tannic while all falls into place on the finish. Long, balanced and endless, really. Drink 2020 - 2032. - Jancis Robinson MW

97/100 - A remarkable vintage, with an early spring and very warm summer, producing grapes with potential sugar levels second only to 2003. As you may expect, then, this wine is bursting with plush, sweet red and black fruits; so tight and grippy as to be almost impenetrable at present. There is some cherry, herb and spirity damson towards the finish, but that really is just the tip of the iceberg. Drink 2021 - 2048. - James Button, Decanter

98/100 - This is powerful and very rich with blueberries, flowers and hints of spices. Full body with velvety tannins and ripe fruits. Very beautiful and generous but not overdone. Superb. - James Suckling 

The Amarone wine of the Romano Dal Forno winery is made with a blend of the grapes traditionally grown in this wonderful hilly area: Corvina (60%), Rondinella (20%), Croatina (10%), and Oseleta (10%).

The nose shows an elegant bouquet with aromas of ripe red fruit, cherry, plum, liquorice root aroma, soft spices, notes of bitter cocoa and chocolate.
On the palate, it is warm and enveloping, with dense, persistent aromas and smooth tannins. The ending is long and harmonious.

The wines of Romano Dal Forno are a reference point for all of Valpolicella. This Amarone represents not only one of the most important and prestigious labels in the Valpolicella territory, but also a pinnacle of the Italian wine world. It is not simply an excellent Amarone, but a great red wine that delights with elegance, complexity and aromatic depth. It is a splendid expression of the tradition of the territory.

The very long period of ageing in barrique allows the wine to achieve a harmony and an expressive balance of finesse. The hilly area to the north-west of Verona - where the vines for this wine are grown - has always been suitable for the cultivation of red grapes. The calcareous lands, the mild climate, and the influence of the breezes of the nearby Lake Garda, constitute a perfect habitat for native vines. The winery is the result of the experience of four generations of winemakers. Dal Forno's work is characterised by the search for absolute quality, with an extraordinary commitment in the vineyard.
SKU: 05DFA09
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 16.5%
Vintage: 2009

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