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2011 Dal Forno - Valpolicella Superiore (Vigneto di Monte Ladoletta)

ITALY / VENETO /
  • 93 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Corvina Blend
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SKU: 60261-2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2011 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta is a darkly concentrated but carefully balanced expression that only the most expert vintner can pull off with success. Consider that the dry extract is a massive 48 grams per liter. In fact, there is some minor precipitation of color matter even at this relatively young age. This wine was aged in new oak for two years (instead of the standard three years) with four years bottle (instead of three). That extra year in glass served to help the wine integrate and to reduce micro-oxygenation. The bouquet is bright and fragrant with floral notes of rose and violet that are rare to find in Valpolicella. There are faint tertiary notes as well that add to the complexity. You will find cured leather and savory spice. The finish offers enough acidity to refresh the palate, following that considerable density and thickness.
    Drink Dates: 2018 - 2027
    Author: Monica Larner
    Issue: Interim End of May 2017
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Mulled cherry, spice box, dried rose and leather flavors are an aromatic entry to this rich and grippy Valpolicella. Full-bodied yet silky on the palate, with a long, saturated finish of fruit, tarry smoke and balsamic notes. Drink now through 2028. 500 cases imported. — AN
    Drink Dates: 2018-2028
    Author: Alison Napjus
    Issue: Feb 28, 2018
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  • Recognized as the undisputed leader of the new wave in Verona's winemaking, Romano Dal Forno only established his estate in the 1980s. The winery is located outside the so-called Zona Classica for Valpolicella, at Illasi. From 8 hectares of vineyard Dal Forno gets the best out of the Corvina and Rondinella varieties with small yields and rigorous selection during the harvesting.

    The house speciality is Amarone, but Dal Forno makes Valpolicella with the same care as well. Fermentation and maceration are designed to extract maximum varietal character from the grapes. Dal Forno has adopted the use of barriques and has been working on ways to ferment the sugars completely out in wood, as if the wine were white. This style of vinification gives the oak a decisive role in the ageing process, without letting it dominate completely. Romano is also experimenting with an ultra-traditional red Recioto and a tiny parcel of fabulous white "passito" wine.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 6 bottles owned
    • 2 collectors