2013 Dal Forno Romano Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG

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There’s only one Dal Forno, the undisputed master of Amarone. Dry but sweet in its fruit, this elixir features notes of melted French chocolate, candied black cherries, and fresh-roasted coffee, all overlaying a beautifully ethereal and filigreed palate. This is a true wine of meditation, the creation of an abject perfectionist, best enjoyed at the end of a special meal with some simple fruit, cheeses, and spirited discussion. Suckling lost his cool: ”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.

Varietal:
Red Blend
Vintage:
2013
Aging:
36 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Appellation:
Veneto
Sub-Appellation:
Amarone della Valpolicella
Total Varietal Composition %:
60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
Alcohol %:
16.3%
SKU #:
1041833
Size:
750 ml Bottle
Wine Advocate:
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. James Suckling:
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. Drink from 2025.