Romano Dal Forno

About Romano Dal Forno

Romano Dal Forno may well be the single hardest-working vigneron in Italy. It is certainly an accolade bestowed upon him by fellow winemakers in the fabulous region of Veneto, from which the imperious Dal Forno produces a range of simply transcendent expressions of the Corvina and Rondinella varietals. A peer in the region once said of Dal Forno; “the rest of us take vacations...but not Dal Forno. He works every day. He not only knows every bunch in his vineyard...he knows every grape!” - a remarkable testament to the man’s dedication to his terroir and sensational wines, which sees him produce wines worthy of a place in the very finest cellars of the most discerning collectors.

 

Establishing his eponymous estate as (relatively) recently as the 1980s, Romano Dal Forno rapidly elevated his small eight-hectare holding to the very forefront of the revitalised wave of exciting winemaking in Veneto. Found in Illasi, technically outside the so-called “Zona Classico” of Valpolicella, this avant-garde producer has established a zealous following amongst the Italian cognoscere for, in particular, his breath-taking Amarone.

 

Viniculture

The speciality of Dal Forno, Amarone is the stuff of dreams for those who love powerful and structured wines of staggering concentration. An extreme labour of love, Dal Forno strictly selects only the very best Corvina grapes to be air-dried on racks for at least three months, and water content is drastically reduced before vinification thus concentrating sugars, tannins and intensity of flavour. This process of drying is within Dal Forno’s control and produces a red wine of unrivalled richness, not sweetness. Upon completion of the air-drying, the wine undergoes initial fermentation in stainless steel followed by secondary, slower fermentation in an oak barrel which may last up to 18 months before bottling. Time-consuming and painfully expensive to vinify, one can begin to see why such monumental wine requires Dal Forno’s Spartan work-ethic.

 

A step below the full Amarone is the unique Valpolicella. Naturally, every Amarone producer also crafts a Valpolicella – Dal Forno is not every Amarone producer. This style of wine from the leading estate is air-dried for some 45 days. The same liquid in any other Veneto bottle would be labelled Amarone, but not here...Romano Dal Forno demands the best for every single cuvée that bears his family name.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,823.70
2010

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

This is a deeply communicative and articulate wine that boasts immense power and persistence. The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a creation of enormous beauty and unflinching intensity. The wine speaks at loud volumes with black cherry, spice, tarry smoke, barbecue marinade and grilled rosemary. Those balsam notes add length and continuity to the bouquet. In the mouth, the wine is complete and penetrating. It wraps thickly over the palate to soothe and entice your taste buds. Yet there is enough crispness to keep it from feeling cloying or too heavy. There is a point of tannic astringency on the finish that will accompany this wine over the next decade of its aging evolution. For that reason, it's best to wait before popping the cork on this memorable vinous experience.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 4 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,823.70
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,583.70
2012

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

A decadent nose of treacle tart, chocolate, tar, tons of black fruit such as blackberries and mulberries and even ash and licorice. A dense, layered mouthfeel makes for a full-bodied palate that's explosive yet somehow so refined and pretty all at the same time. The finish goes on and on. Incredible now, but better to wait for this giant to settle well into 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Aug 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,583.70
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,584.61
2013

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

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. The 2013 vintage was balanced overall without the sudden heat waves we saw in the summers of 2011 and 2012. The grapes finished a slow and steady ripening process over an extended growing season. The effect is graceful and focused. Put this bottle aside in your cellar for the decades to come.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Aug 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,584.61
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €609.30
2011

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2011 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

A powerful and dense red with so much concentration of fruit and chocolate undertones. Hints of toasted oak. Full body and a velvety texture. Fantastic and dense red as usual. Drink now.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 1 94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €609.30
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €630.90
2012

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2012 (6x75cl)
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 1 94 Inc. TAX: €630.90
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €561.30
2013

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

This is a terrific wine that stood out—and stood tall—despite the fact that it was tasted alongside some of Dal Forno's most important vintages of the top-shelf Amarone. If that's not a full-on recommendation, I don't know what is. The 2013 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta oozes forth with thick concentration and an inky black color. The mouthfeel is thick and impenetrable, and the senses are treated to a long succession of black fruit, tar, spice, smoke, mesquite and barbecue flavors. The wine is full-bodied and very opulent, but it carries that massive intensity with grace and precision. This Valpolicella Superiore is very nicely done.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €561.30
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2014 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €707.38
2014

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2014 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

The 2014 is a unique rendition of Dal Forno’s Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta. It's a remarkably pretty wine, displaying crushed ripe strawberries and plums with cinnamon, clove, vanilla bean and a cooling hint of mint. The textures are velvety, coating all that they touch in glycerol fruit concentration, yet somehow coming across as zesty and spry, contrasting weight with saturating notes of tart blackberry and savory spice. There’s a bit of a lull in the midpalate, yet it hardly takes away from the experience. At times, the Monte Lodoletta can seem almost salty, especially through its long, mouthwatering finish, where hints of cherry pits and herbs linger. This atypical yet truly enjoyable expression is the result of the extremely difficult 2014 vintage, when hail damaged and reduced the crop in the lower-elevation vineyards, followed by rain from August through September. As a result, Dal Forno decided not to produce their Amarone, and to instead focus all of their attention on the Valpolicella. The result is a wine that no Dal Forno fan should miss, but be aware that production was down 30% from an average year.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €707.38
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,505.00
2010

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

This is a deeply communicative and articulate wine that boasts immense power and persistence. The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a creation of enormous beauty and unflinching intensity. The wine speaks at loud volumes with black cherry, spice, tarry smoke, barbecue marinade and grilled rosemary. Those balsam notes add length and continuity to the bouquet. In the mouth, the wine is complete and penetrating. It wraps thickly over the palate to soothe and entice your taste buds. Yet there is enough crispness to keep it from feeling cloying or too heavy. There is a point of tannic astringency on the finish that will accompany this wine over the next decade of its aging evolution. For that reason, it's best to wait before popping the cork on this memorable vinous experience.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 4 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,505.00
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,305.00
2012

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

A decadent nose of treacle tart, chocolate, tar, tons of black fruit such as blackberries and mulberries and even ash and licorice. A dense, layered mouthfeel makes for a full-bodied palate that's explosive yet somehow so refined and pretty all at the same time. The finish goes on and on. Incredible now, but better to wait for this giant to settle well into 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Aug 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,305.00
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,305.00
2013

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

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. The 2013 vintage was balanced overall without the sudden heat waves we saw in the summers of 2011 and 2012. The grapes finished a slow and steady ripening process over an extended growing season. The effect is graceful and focused. Put this bottle aside in your cellar for the decades to come.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Aug 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,305.00
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €493.00
2011

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2011 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

A powerful and dense red with so much concentration of fruit and chocolate undertones. Hints of toasted oak. Full body and a velvety texture. Fantastic and dense red as usual. Drink now.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 1 94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €493.00
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €511.00
2012

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2012 (6x75cl)
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 1 94 In Bond: €511.00
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €453.00
2013

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

This is a terrific wine that stood out—and stood tall—despite the fact that it was tasted alongside some of Dal Forno's most important vintages of the top-shelf Amarone. If that's not a full-on recommendation, I don't know what is. The 2013 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta oozes forth with thick concentration and an inky black color. The mouthfeel is thick and impenetrable, and the senses are treated to a long succession of black fruit, tar, spice, smoke, mesquite and barbecue flavors. The wine is full-bodied and very opulent, but it carries that massive intensity with grace and precision. This Valpolicella Superiore is very nicely done.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Veneto 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €453.00
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2014 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €574.00
2014

Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto Monte Lodoletta 2014 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

The 2014 is a unique rendition of Dal Forno’s Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta. It's a remarkably pretty wine, displaying crushed ripe strawberries and plums with cinnamon, clove, vanilla bean and a cooling hint of mint. The textures are velvety, coating all that they touch in glycerol fruit concentration, yet somehow coming across as zesty and spry, contrasting weight with saturating notes of tart blackberry and savory spice. There’s a bit of a lull in the midpalate, yet it hardly takes away from the experience. At times, the Monte Lodoletta can seem almost salty, especially through its long, mouthwatering finish, where hints of cherry pits and herbs linger. This atypical yet truly enjoyable expression is the result of the extremely difficult 2014 vintage, when hail damaged and reduced the crop in the lower-elevation vineyards, followed by rain from August through September. As a result, Dal Forno decided not to produce their Amarone, and to instead focus all of their attention on the Valpolicella. The result is a wine that no Dal Forno fan should miss, but be aware that production was down 30% from an average year.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €574.00

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