1990 Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
1990 Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella
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Reg: $850.00

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ETA: Nov. 2022

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DC 98
Decanter, March 2018
1990 was an excellent year for Amarone. This is darker in colour than its predecessors, with delicate herbal aromatics leading towards black fruit and vanilla. Flavours of cherry, plum, hedgerow fruits, violet, chocolate...   1990 was an excellent year for Amarone. This is darker in colour than its predecessors, with delicate herbal aromatics leading towards black fruit and vanilla. Flavours of cherry, plum, hedgerow fruits, violet, chocolate and sweet spices lend this still-youthful wine great complexity, while the long finish reveals a defined, three-dimensional profile with integrated tannins, vibrant acidity and beautiful baked strawberry fragrance. A benchmark wine, which will provide tons of enjoyment now yet has plenty of time left. (Drink between 2018-2035)  
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 1997
I do not drink much Amarone (although I methodically taste them every year) as I find most of it to be too pruny, somewhat oxidized, and not fresh enough, even allowing for the particular style of these wines. Yet even I...   I do not drink much Amarone (although I methodically taste them every year) as I find most of it to be too pruny, somewhat oxidized, and not fresh enough, even allowing for the particular style of these wines. Yet even I get excited by such spectacular Amarones. Quintarelli has made many great ones, and I have enough bottles in my cellar to prove my faithfulness to his wines. The profound 1990 Amarone della Valpolicella is a magnificent example of Amarone. Dry and massively proportioned, with a dark plum color, this wine offers up copious quantities of chocolate, smoke, tar, and sweet pruny fruit, with intriguing nuances. Full-bodied, powerful, and rich, with no hard edges, this is a heady, sensationally-endowed wine that should drink well for 15 years. Wow! An amazing wine. - Robert Parker  
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2019
When Robert M. Parker Jr. first reviewed this wine back in 1997, he wrote: "Full-bodied, powerful and rich, with no hard edges, this is a heady, sensationally endowed wine that should drink well for 15 years. Wow! An...   When Robert M. Parker Jr. first reviewed this wine back in 1997, he wrote: "Full-bodied, powerful and rich, with no hard edges, this is a heady, sensationally endowed wine that should drink well for 15 years. Wow! An amazing wine." Today, I am tasting this wine more than 20 years after those words were published, and the 1990 Amarone della Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta is still holding on, albeit tenuously. In Mr. Parker's original review, he described the wine as "massively proportioned," and perhaps that is the key point of his review that no longer applies. This wine has thinned out and become more subdued over these three decades since the harvest, bringing delicate aromas of smoke, tar, dried tobacco leaves, graphite and crushed stone to the forefront of the bouquet. The mouthfeel is more streamlined, and we noticed that it took our bottle quite a while before those aromas started to reveal themselves. Our sample started closed, but it did open shyly with time. We considered opening a second bottle to confirm our impressions, but alas, none are left at the winery. My conclusion is that the wine is thinning out, and although our bottle may not have been perfect, there is enough energy here to reasonably extend its drinking window just a little longer. - Monica Larner  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Sub-region Amarone della Valpolicella
Vintage 1990
Size 750ML

Label

Subtle aromatic hints, that range from black cherry, blueberry to chocolate, anticipate the opulent expression of mature fruit that flows into the mouth with inadvertent persistence. Nuances of truffle, tobacco and new leather wrap around the finish.

60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta, 10% Croatina fermented in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of around 28°, which are equipped with a sophisticated computerised system which allows for automated punching for a period of around 15 days, including the final maceration which takes two days.

After decantation in the middle of January, the Amarone, which still contains some residual sugars, is placed into new barriques, where it begins a slow fermentation process which will last for a further 18 months. The total amount of time that it remains in the barriques is 36 months.

The final phase of the production process, which takes place once assembly of the barriques has finished and mass filtration has been obtained. The wine is bottled and left to age for a further 24 months before the final product is ready for sale.

Winery

Dal Forno Romano

Dal Forno is principally known for its famous Amarone della Valpolicella. Established in 1983, the winery is situated in the Valley of Illasi, a valley to the east of Verona. Construction of the winery, along with the restoration of the house that serves as the business headquarters, began in 1990. The style is that of a 19th century country manor house which Valpolicella is nationally recognized for.

Romano Dal Forno produces three wines: the Amarone, a Valpolicella Superiore, and a sweet wine from dried grapes, Vigna Sere, all showing characteristic of the area in which the winery is situated, distinguishing itself in its constant and total quest for absolute quality.

The Dal Forno vineyard is planted with Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina and Oseleta grape varieties on gravel, silt and clay soil.