Sweet smoke and very dark fruit meet the nose in this bruiser of a wine from the first of three excellent vintages. Dense is an understatement – we're closing in on non-newtonian fluid in terms of texture – this is a meal in a glass with endless layers of flavor and a trickling of acidity that invigorates with a little time in the glass. Built for the long haul, this will continue to impress for another decade.
The 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is an incredible wine that has magically managed to maintain the fresh acidity associated with the cooler part of the growing season. It also shows the inky black concentration and ripeness that is reflective of the hottest part of the summer. I am impressed by the tannic management, as the wine is silky and fine at this young stage; however, the underlying structure promises a long aging future, should you chose to put your bottle aside.