2017 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 VN 95 WS 93 DC 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, September 2022

Pungent nose of violets, amarena cherries, dried figs and lightly charred oak. Some toffee notes emerge with air, together with more pressed flowers. Not so much full-bodied as full-flavored, with silky, fine and polished...
VN 95

Vinous, March 2023

Taking in the 2017 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta reminds me of all of the desserts, spices and confections experienced on Christmas day. An array of medicinal cherries, plum sauce, ginger cookies, cloves...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, June 2023

A compact, focused red, this presents pretty violet, medicinal herb and anise notes on the nose as it slowly expands -- flavors that are more subdued at first on the palate. This is supported by dense, plushly textured...
DC 92

Decanter, February 2023

Amazing aromatics, balsamic, caramelised red fruits, sweet almost marzipan/frangipane with lovely peonie floral elements alongside smoke and coffee. Pure and clean but given depth by a leathery savouriness and slightly...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Sub-region Valpolicella
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

Since the 2002 vintage, all grapes that go into the production of dal Forno Valpolicella are subjected to a light drying process which lasts around one and a half months. This process, traditional but longer for Amarone, creates concentration but maintains freshness.

Investing in this process for Valpolicella is uncommon and, therefore, the intense aromatic Romano Dal Forno wine is stands out from others in the region. This wine offers hints of blueberry, blackberry, cherry and chocolate which emerge gradually as the wine breathes. The velvety tannins are in perfect balance with the luxurious aromas of sweet spices and jam.

The 2017 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta is a remarkable red wine hailing from the esteemed region of Valpolicella in Italy's Veneto. This wine showcases the expertise of Dal Forno Romano, a renowned producer known for their commitment to quality and excellence.

In the glass, this wine reveals a deep, rich red color that is both captivating and inviting. The nose is pungent and aromatic, exuding a bouquet of violets, amarena cherries, dried figs, and lightly charred oak. With a bit of aeration, additional layers unfold, including toffee notes and a delicate hint of pressed flowers. It is a truly captivating olfactory experience.

On the palate, the 2017 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta is not just full-bodied, but full-flavored. Silky, fine, and polished tannins caress the tongue, creating a luxurious mouthfeel. While still young and driven, it exhibits exceptional quality and finesse. Some wine enthusiasts may find that it lacks the depth and complexity of more fortunate vintages, but it still shines brightly.

Acclaimed wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 95 points. He recommends waiting until 2024 to fully appreciate its potential. Another notable critic, Wine Spectator, awarded it 93 points, praising its compact and focused nature. They suggest giving it some air or time in the glass to allow its flavors to fully develop. Decanter also weighed in, awarding it 92 points and highlighting its amazing aromatics and flavor nuance. They noted the slight grip of the tannins and the need for some additional time to fully integrate.

Overall, the 2017 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta is a wine of exceptional quality and character. It showcases the craftsmanship and passion of its producers and offers a truly memorable drinking experience. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.