Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 - 750ml

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99pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Dal Forno family considered the idea of releasing their Amarone ten years after the harvest. If that plan had been implemented, this would be the vintage on the market now. The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a full and generous expression that delivers thick lines and robust flavors of dried blackberry, camphor ash, exotic cedar wood, licorice and tarry road pavement. This vintage saw average temperatures throughout the growing season with a few hailstorms along the way. Very dry weather led to some mild drought in July and August, with ensuing ripening and concentration of the clusters. I found this monumental wine to be irresistible when I first tasted it five years ago, and I consider it to have improved since then. This is one of the most complete and comprehensive vintages produced at Dal Forno, and it gives us an ample 360-degree view onto the might, brawn and potential of this icon wine from the Veneto. Its evolutionary track shows no sign of slowing down.
98pts James Suckling
This is powerful and very rich with blueberries, flowers and hints of spices. Full body with velvety tannins and ripe fruits. Very beautiful and generous but not overdone. Superb.

95pts Vinous
“… one of the most sexy, open-knit young Dal Forno Amarones I can remember tasting. An enticing mélange of mocha, black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and leather captivates the senses ...”
94pts Wine Spectator
Rich, with aromatic herb and tarry smoke notes, this silky, supple red is framed by mouthwatering acidity and dusty tannins. Shows ripe and concentrated flavors of date, sun-dried cherry, forest floor and ground spice, displaying a sense of harmony and density that suggests a long future. The finish echoes the spice and sweet fruit character. Drink now through 2029.

93pts Wine & Spirits
“... Intense flavors roll out in waves of soft black fruit, dried tomato, charred meat and tobacco. … a luscious texture and rich tones of dark chocolate, anise and cardamom...”

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