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2013 Dal Forno Romano, Valpolicella Superiore

Special Price $99.95 was $125.00
Per Bottle on sale
Merchant's Picks
98

“For That Chill In The Air • Dal Forno's Baby Amarone”

Dal Forno, The "King Of The Veneto"

By David Gettenberg

Open a bottle and your room will fill with intoxicating aromas.  I know because I open this wine regularly!  Here's just a sample of what you can expect:

"Opulent... with grace and precision."  James Suckling

"Full-throttle and lavishly chewy, the tannins pucker all sides of the mouth with mesmerizing intensity."  Wine Advocate

The only difference between this wine and Dal Forno's flagship Amarone,which fetches $365, is that this Valpolicella Superiore sees 45 days appassimento (grape drying) versus 90 for the flagship red.  It is a steal!

Brooding dark berry, cedar, leather, tobacco leaf, clove, fig, cinnamon and earth take over the palate. With broad shouldered fruit and finely grained tannins, the juxtaposition of flavor, structure, richness and finesse will make your toes curl!

"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."  Wine Advocate

This Valpolicella is very approachable and graceful despite its heft.  In fact, we highly recommend enjoying some now even though it can cellar for another 15 years.

Pair with pungent cheeses or your favorite cut of meat - it will make your filet sing and dance!  Even a spicy diavolo sauce pairs ideally with this luscious red.

Enjoy!

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Press & Tasting Notes
97

“From one of the most iconic wineries.”

Decanter • 97 / 100

"From one of the most iconic wineries... this is aged for two years in oak and a further three in bottle. A proper meditation wine, great with game, strong cheeses or a cigar. It has a huge nose of stewed red fruits, ethereal bramble forest fruits and blackberry jam. Generous, with spicy, bitter cherry-stone freshness. Full-bodied with a rich, intense, spicy undertone. "

95

“Polished and acutely detailed, like an extravagant, wool-woven, Moroccan veil.”

James Suckling • 95 / 100

"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."

95

“Opulent, but it carries that massive intensity with grace and precision.”

Wine Advocate • 95 / 100

"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."

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More Information
  • Producer: Dal Forno Romano
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Veneto
  • Subregion: Others
  • Varietal: Corvina Blend
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W03410-2013-750-Valp