1998 Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 96

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2004
The 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta is a supreme example of this wine almost overwhelming in its aromatic impact luxuriously sweet ripe jammy and chocolatey mouthfilling and powerful in flavor... The 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta is a supreme example of this wine almost overwhelming in its aromatic impact luxuriously sweet ripe jammy and chocolatey mouthfilling and powerful in flavor broad and caressing solid and sustained from the attack to the lengthy lingering finish superbly shaped and balanced pedal to the floor power and shapely elegance all in one package. The score is probably too conservative but it can easily be checked over the next 25 years.Importer: Vias Imports New York NY; tel. (212) 629-0200
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Sub-region Amarone della Valpolicella
Vintage 1998

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.