Romano dal Forno Historical Release - Amarone 2008 x 2, 2009 x 1

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Type:?Dry Red?Wine? ? ? ?Volume: 750ml x 3 bottles (2 x 2008 & 1 x 2009)

Winery:?Romano dal Forno

Country:?Italy? ???Region:?Veneto

District:?Valpolicella

Grape:?Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina, Oseleta, Corvinone

Rating and Tasting Note:

2008:

AG98 Compelling. With a little air, the tannins begin to soften, releasing a myriad of intense dark aromas and flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, cloves, violets, plums, and blackberry jam cover every inch of the palate in a stunning, head-spinning Amarone that captures all of the best qualities of the year. When Romano Dal Forno's wines are on, there is nothing quite like them, and that is certainly the case here. If opened young, the 2008 needs a little air. Actually, a lot of air.

JS97 Wonderful aromas of rose petal, blackberry, sugared walnut, and hints of sea salt. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, and a warm, enticing palate with dried fruits, blackberry, black olive, and freshly cracked slate. Fabulous Amarone.

2009:

RP99 The Dal Forno family considered the idea of 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 flavors of dried blackberry, camphor ash, exotic cedarwood, 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 of the might, brawn, and potential of this icon wine from the Veneto. Its evolutionary track shows no sign of slowing down.

JS98 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.