Dal Forno Romano

Veneto, Italy

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG — 2018

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  • Introduction

    • The Dal Forno family has been making wine since 1983. Located in Val D’Illasi, the estate consists of 65 acres of vines planted to traditional indigenous varieties of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta and Croatina. The estate vineyards and farm are located where the slopes begin to rise toward the mountains and sit 1,000 feet above sea level. The loose, alluvial soils, meticulous pruning and scrupulous viticultural techniques ensure remarkable-quality grapes. The Dal Fornos use traditional methods to grow the finest fruit, and then employ modern techniques to produce the best wines — classic in expression and modern in purity.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Amarone Valpolicella DOCG
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Size: 26 hectares (64.22 acres)
    • Soil: Originate from alluvial plains; composed of 70% gravel, 15% silt, and 15% clay
    • Elevation: 290–390 meters (951–1,280 feet)
    • Exposure: South facing
    • Density: 12,800 vines/hectare (5,182 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Fermentation takes place in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of around 28°C, which are equipped with a sophisticated computerized system which allows for automated punching for a period of around 15 days, including the final maceration which takes two days.
    • Aging: After decanting, in mid-January, the Amarone is placed in new barriques, where it resumes a very slow fermentation process that continues for a further 18 months. the total stay in barriques for the 2017 vintage was 36 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta, and 10% Croatina



  • Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG — 2018 – James Suckling – 95 Points

    "Dark inky color with a restrained nose of cloves, cassis, macerated violets, earth, graphite and a hint of Band-Aid. Full-bodied with a dense palate of black licorice and dark chocolate flavors, refreshing acidity and firm tannins. It’s youthful, chewy and dynamic.”

  • Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG — 2018 – Vinous – 96 Points

    "Wafting up with lovely floral perfumes, the 2018 Amarone della Valpolicella is impossible to ignore, as a bouquet of dusty rose and lavender complements crushed blackberries and hints of sweet smoke. This is pure energy, seamless and silky with cooling acidity and mineral tones that unlock depths of tart wild berry fruit. A bitter twang of dark chocolate saturates the palate. The 2018 is an understated beauty. While structured, its tannins are dusty and fine, creating a web of youthful restraint as suggestions of mocha and clove slowly fade."