• "Monte Lodoletta" Valpolicella Superiore DOC 2013

      “Monte Lodoletta” Valpolicella Superiore DOC 2013

      The star of the house gives the Dominator in Dal-Forno style as every year. Dark and dense, it reveals an intense bouquet with marmalade aromas of red and dark fruits, next to which spices and wood, tobacco and chocolate echo. As an overwhelming demonstration of power, one experiences at the same time the youthful and stormy taste. SUPERIORE.DE

      "A remarkably concentrated red, redolent of dark-cherry ice cream, stuffed with chocolate-chip flakes that turn into meatier, earthier nuances of steak tartar and forest floor. Full-throttle and lavishly chewy, the tannins pucker all sides of the mouth with mesmerizing intensity; nevertheless they remain polished and acutely detailed, like an extravagant, wool-woven, Moroccan veil." James Suckling

      "This is a terrific wine that stood out - and stood tall - despite the fact that it was tasted alongside some of Dal Forno's most important vintages of the top-shelf Amarone. If that's not a full-on recommendation, I don't know what is. The 2013 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta oozes forth with thick concentration and an inky black color. The mouthfeel is thick and impenetrable, and the senses are treated to a long succession of black fruit, tar, spice, smoke, mesquite and barbecue flavors. The wine is full-bodied and very opulent, but it carries that massive intensity with grace and precision. This Valpolicella Superiore is very nicely done." Robert Parker

      • Bibenda:
      • Robert Parker:95 points
      • James Suckling:95 points
      • Grape Varieties: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2036+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      stored air-conditioned

      03292213 · 0,75 l · 103,85 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      77,89 €
    • "Vigna Seré" Passito Rosso IGT 2004

      “Vigna Seré" Passito Rosso IGT 2004

      Passito Seré is not a new wine from Dal Forno, but the former Recioto DOCG, which is now on the market as IGT - if you get to see or drink it at all. Incredibly rich and dense, lots of ripe, dark fruit and roasted coffee beans on the nose. Opulent and generous on the palate, the sweetness shows excellent balance. A particularly structured and almost magical dessert wine. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Labeled as “air-dried sweet red wine” instead of its traditional name “Recioto,” this is indeed a powerful and generous wine. It boasts huge density and superintense aromas of blackberry, oak spice and tobacco. Keep it for your cellar." Wine Enthusiast

      "Bright deep ruby. Intense but refined aromas and flavors of red cherry jam, licorice cocoa and flinty minerals, with a bright violet topnote. Lively but harmonious acidity really lift and extend the rich high concentrated and multilayered flavors on the long, luscious and very precise finish. In many respects, this is always my favorite wine from Dal Forno, as I find it has impeccable balance (14% alcohol, 150g/L r.s. and 7g/L total acidity) and a very high easy-drinking quality (especially given a rather crazy-high 56g/L dry extract). The extremely high quality of this wine (it used to be labeled as a Recioto della Valpolicella) and Dal Forno’s exacting standards are well demonstrated by the fact that he has only made this wine six times in the roughly thirty year lifetime of the estate! Even though the 2004 vintage was marred by an early July hailstorm, this is one of Dal Forno’s best Reciotos ever." Vinous

      "The 2004 Passito Rosso Vino Dolce Vigna Seré is a masterpiece that is impossible to repeat. In fact, the wine has not been produced since 2004. Even if a vintage as good as this did come along, we'd need to wait another 13 years before we could enjoy this level of maturity and evolution. Formally a Recioto della Valpolicella, this sweet red wine is made with air-dried fruit as local tradition dictates. Luckily no botrytis set in that year, because that would have eroded the wine's deep and luscious color saturation. The bouquet delivers a generous flow of dark spice, bitter chocolate, espresso, raisin, plum, barbecue spice and teriyaki smoke. The concentration and layering of the wine are both rare and distinctive. The mouthfeel sees sweet flavors with a syrupy mouthfeel. The finish offers hints of caramelized brown sugar and savory hickory. The aging window is impossible to predict, but the wine is surely built to last. I can think of no other wine that comes close to matching this unique style." Robert Parker

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :97 points
      • Robert Parker:99 points
      • Vinous:96 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:94 points
      • Grape Varieties: 55% Corvina, 20% Croatina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 14-16 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2032+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292304 · 0,375 l · 387,31 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping< 24 units available

      145,24 €
    • "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2013

      “Monte Lodoletta” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2013

      A monument of wine! Brilliant dark ruby. Fresh, silky, elegant - and majestic. Blackberry jam, violets, bittersweet chocolate, with crushed rock and minerals. An opulent wine with fabulously polished tannins and a remarkable ageing potential. SUPERIORE.DE

      "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

      • Bibenda:
      • Robert Parker:98 points
      • James Suckling:97 points
      • 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
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2044+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      stored air-conditioned

      03292113 · 0,75 l · 375,61 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      281,71 €
    • "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2010 <br>MAGNUM in Original-Holzkiste

      “Monte Lodoletta” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2010 · MAGNUM in Original-Holzkiste

      Three years after the Annata, Romano and his sons launch a small edition of the same vintage in the magnum bottle. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Rich, impenetrable ruby with violet. Very concentrated and at the same time very finely drawn in the nose, full of blackberries, elderberries, then also figs and dried tomatoes, a dream of nose! Very juicy at the beginning and during the course of the wine, again with lots of dark berries, fresh and juicy, many layers of fine-meshed tannin, deep and with a long final of dark tobacco. Falstaff

      "Like a gymnast, this focused red shows both power and grace. Finely meshed flavors of blackberry puree, fig cake and Earl Grey tea leaf are framed by refined, dusty tannins, with a lasting finish expands on the palate with spice and smoky mineral details." Wine Spectator

      "Aromas of roses and other flowers with a deep fruit intensity. Full-bodied, dense and ultra-fine with a beautiful texture. Lots of new wood now but this will amalgamate with time into the wine. Fabulous potential." James Suckling

      "This was an excellent vintage in much of Italy, but unfortunately the weather was not as pleasant in this specific area of the Valpolicella. The season saw a lot of rain, and a good amount of fruit was cut and left on the ground because it could not be used. Considering these difficulties, Michele Dal Forno tells me he is "more than happy with the results." I tasted the 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta next to the 2009 vintage, and having these two wines side by side reinforces just how different they are. The 2010 vintages is sharper, more pointed and direct in comparison, and there is a tiny point of sourness on the close. This wine does not reach the same threshold for fullness, density or richness. It does come close. The wine's residual sugar measures between 5 and 6 grams per liter, which is normal for this wine, and the bouquet is redolent of familiar black fruit, raisin and spice." Robert Parker

      • Robert Parker:95 points
      • Wine Spectator :95 points
      • James Suckling:97 points
      • Falstaff:96 points
      • Grape Varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 17,00 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2046+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292410 · 1,5 l · 480,25 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping1 unit available

      720,37 €
    About the winemakers
    Romano Dal Forno
    Veneto
    Romano Dal Forno

    This name actually always comes up among wine lovers when it comes to Italy's absolute top wines. In listing the best Amarone anyway. And yes, even in the list of the most expensive wines of Italy. Romano dal Fornos Amarone costs almost as much as a Grand Cru of the top châteaux from Bordeaux. But he's worth it.

    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.

    In 1983, Romano dal Forno filled his first Amarone, only to discover the following year that this quality did not grow every year. So in some years there will be no Amarone. At the same time, the young perfectionist realized that his idea of quality could only be achieved in a clean new cellar. He therefore sat down and planned a for this at that time quite poor rural area an almost crazy huge, castle-like complex. When the diggers pulled up, everyone thought he was crazy. Many an architect, too.

    But Romano dal Forno had acquired a comprehensive technical knowledge. Almost everything was planned by himself and meticulously implemented in almost three decades of construction time. Today this château is the living and working area of the whole family. Because his goal was never to erect the most imposing building in the area - even if it certainly is - but to create the best working and storage conditions.

    The cellars extend over 3 floors, partly with beautiful cross vaults in old brick construction, in which the barriques are stored. For the area where the grapes are dried, Romano dal Forno has invented a unique technical solution that allows huge fans to be moved over the grapes to control uniform temperature, ventilation and humidity. One can only say: successful. Because without the grandiosen Preziosen from Romano dal Fornos cellar Amarone from the eastern valleys, outside the "Classico" - regions - like the Illasi valley, the hills with Mezzane - would have hardly reached the Top Rankings. That is the undisputed merit of Romano dal Forno.

    Romano dal Forno is now close to retirement age and his three sons have been working in the company for a long time. Marco is responsible for the vineyards, Luca for the cellar and Michele for marketing. Wife Loretta is always the fairy godmother without whom a successful winemaker would never sell anything.

    But Romano doesn't think about retirement. Because he's still happy to go to the vineyards. And so he recently bought nearby eight and a half hectares of vineyards in pergola education, planted in the early 1970s, from which perhaps now Recioto della Valpolicella will be produced again. Even though he hasn't made one for more than 15 years, he loves this "Padrino" of Amarone, as he tenderly calls him. Probably in a few years there will be a 2018 Recioto from dal Forno. One can be curious. SUPERIORE.DE

    Facts

    • Year of foundation: approx. 1980
    • Owner: Romano Dal Forno and sons
    • Area under vines: n.a.
    • Oenologist: Romano Dal Forno and Sons
    • Annual production: 50 - 80,000 bottles (depending on year)
    • Vineyard: approx. 35 hectares
    • Conventional cultivation