Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Romano dal Forno
Country: Italy Region: Veneto
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
JS95 A beautiful, polished red with dried-berry, plum, floral, and cedar aromas. Full body and a flavorful finish. Extremely refined and polished, more so than many past vintages. Already gorgeous, but needs a year or two to come together. Better after 2022.
AG94 The 2014 is a unique rendition of Dal Forno’s Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta. It's a remarkably pretty wine, displaying crushed ripe strawberries and plums with cinnamon, clove, vanilla bean, and a cooling hint of mint. The textures are velvety, coating all that they touch in glycerol fruit concentration, yet somehow coming across as zesty and spry, contrasting weight with saturating notes of tart blackberry and savory spice. There’s a bit of a lull in the midpalate, yet it hardly takes away from the experience. At times, the Monte Lodoletta can seem almost salty, especially through its long, mouthwatering finish, where hints of cherry pits and herbs linger. This atypical yet truly enjoyable expression is the result of the extremely difficult 2014 vintage when hail damaged and reduced the crop in the lower-elevation vineyards, followed by rain from August through September. As a result, Dal Forno decided not to produce their Amarone, and to instead focus all of their attention on the Valpolicella. The result is a wine that no Dal Forno fan should miss, but be aware that production was down 30% from an average year.
WS91 Rich notes of fig cake, loamy earth, sun-dried cherry, and forest floor are framed by gutsy, well-knit tannins and tangy citrus peel acidity in this full-throttle Valpolicella. Accents of Earl Grey tea leaf, dried lavender, and sandalwood create an aromatic overtone that lingers on the chewy finish. Best from 2022 through 2029