DAL FORNO

DAL FORNO: THE IMPORTANCE

After 30 years, Dal Forno is now universally praised by peers and critics alike as a leading light of the Valpolicella region. In a relatively short time in winemaking terms, Dal Forno’s reputation as the highest quality Amarone producer is a testament to his skills as a master innovator and winemaker of the region. Dal Forno’s Valpolicella’s and Amarone’s seem to supersede the region itself – standing alongside some of the great fine wines of the world.

 

Romano Dal Forno, a man in a constant pursuit of perfection, has gone to great lengths in the winery to better his wines every year. This includes manufacturing his own extraction tanks and building /inventing his own machinery in the winery on a quest to better the results of each vintage. Most unique to Dal Forno is the introduction of vacuum pumps in 2008 that uses post fermentation to starve off any possible chance of Voltile Acidity (VA) – often a common trait in most Amarone.

 

DAL FORNO: THE INSIGHT

 

From the start, Romano went against convention by removing the usual blending grape of Molinara entirely from the blend of their Valpolicella and Amarone. He replaced it with other native varietals of Oseleta and Croatina. The Croatina has a lot of complex sugars and an intense taste to the palate; whilst the Oseleta is the richest varietal of all with a lot of colour, beautiful tannins and lots acidity. This blend helps produce some of the longest lasting Valpolicella’s and Amarone’s ever made.

 

The drying room at the winery is an art installation in itself. The main difference between other great wines and Amarone is the appassimento method of air drying the grapes prior to fermentation. At Dal Forno, this is the practice for all wines, including the Valpolicella. Rows and rows of electric fans are placed to ensure that the air flow is as natural and as constant as possible. The windows are all electronically controlled, opening and closing as and when required to ensure the even distribution of the air and available humidity. The grapes are sorted prior to appassimento and then again on the way out.

 

DAL FORNO: THE BACKGROUND

 

The total area under vine at Dal Forno is currently 26 hectares (they have recently bought another 26 hectares ) but are not in operation yet and have only 5 hectares planted. The vineyards are based in the Illasi Valley (outside the Classico region) which before Romano started tending the vines in 1983 was managed in such a way that the vines were merely exploited in order to obtain high harvest yields. The 1983 vintage was their first release hitting the market in 1987. Quality and perfection were key right from the start with no Amarone released in 1984 due to the quality not being good enough. It was the same story in 1992, 2005 or 2007. According to Dal Forno the terroir is not any different to the Classico region. Like the winery the vineyards are well ventilated. Harvest lasts from mid-September to late October. Every single grape is individually checked and anything below their strict quality standard is discarded. Even during the drying process if any of the grapes are damaged they are removed in a third quality control process.

 

The blend of grapes are 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta, 10% Croatina. The grapes destined for use in the production of Amarone are only harvested from vines that have a minimum of 10 years of age.

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2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

96.25

2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

96.25
£2,363.00
£2,363.00
£198.00

2011 Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2011 Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£678.00
£678.00
£60.00

2011 Valpolicella Superiore (2018 Release) Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

98.0

2011 Valpolicella Superiore (2018 Release) Northern Italy

98.0
£589.00
£295.00

2010 Amarone della Valpolicella (2018 Release) Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

98.0

2010 Amarone della Valpolicella (2018 Release) Northern Italy

98.0
£2,188.00
£1,095.00

2009 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2009 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£798.00
£798.00
£397.00
£69.00

2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

93.0

2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Northern Italy

93.0
£689.00
£345.00

2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

96.5

2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

96.5
£2,495.00
£1,247.00
NEW
£2,495.00
£209.00

2008 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2008 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£853.00
£853.00
£875.00
£485.00

2008 Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2008 Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£689.00
£345.00

2007 Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2007 Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£658.00
£330.00

2006 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2006 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£982.00
£84.00

2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

93.0

2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

93.0
£2,545.00
£213.00

2005 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

95.0

2005 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

95.0
£805.00
£805.00
Duty Paid £70.00

2004 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2004 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

£3,854.00
£321.00

2004 Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

93.0

2004 Valpolicella Northern Italy

93.0
£1,043.00
£521.00
£89.00

2004 Vigna Sere Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2004 Vigna Sere Northern Italy

£2,479.00
£635.00

2004 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2004 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£898.00
£77.00
Duty Paid £77.00

2004 Vigna Sere (2017 release) Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

98.33

2004 Vigna Sere (2017 release) Northern Italy

98.33
£2,479.00
£108.00

2004 Dal Forno Collection Case (2004 Vintage) Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2004 Dal Forno Collection Case (2004 Vintage) Northern Italy

£4,904.00
£2,451.00

2003 Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2003 Valpolicella Northern Italy

£1,067.00
£91.00

2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

95.0

2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

95.0
£3,090.00
£1,545.00
£515.00

2003 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

92.0

2003 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

92.0
£928.00
£928.00
£80.00

2002 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2002 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Northern Italy

£1,115.00
£95.00

2002 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2002 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£795.00
£795.00
£69.00

2002 Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2002 Valpolicella Northern Italy

£814.00
£70.00

2002 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

94.0

2002 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

94.0
£2,788.00
£233.00

2001 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

97.0

2001 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

97.0
£4,391.00
£366.00
£732.00

2001 Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2001 Valpolicella Northern Italy

£1,163.00
£99.00
£195.00

2001 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2001 Romano Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£844.00
Duty Paid £844.00
£73.00

2001 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2001 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Northern Italy

£1,175.00
£100.00

2000 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2000 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Northern Italy

£1,175.00
£95.00

2000 Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2000 Valpolicella Northern Italy

£605.00
£60.00

2000 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

2000 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

£3,731.00
£311.00
£622.00

1999 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1999 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

£4,034.00
£4,034.00
£336.00
£672.00

1999 Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1999 Valpolicella Northern Italy

£1,079.00
£92.00

1998 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1998 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

£4,303.00
£358.00

1998 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1998 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Northern Italy

£1,647.00
£139.00
£120.00

1998 Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1998 Valpolicella Northern Italy

£1,055.00
£90.00

1997 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

99.0

1997 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

99.0
£5,246.00
£437.00

1996 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1996 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Northern Italy

£6,228.00
£519.00

1995 Valpolicella Superiore Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1995 Valpolicella Superiore Northern Italy

£1,005.00
Duty Paid £1,005.00

1995 Amarone della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

98.0

1995 Amarone della Valpolicella Northern Italy

98.0
£8,339.00
£4,747.00

1993 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1993 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Northern Italy

£3,465.00
£289.00

1992 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1992 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Northern Italy

£1,770.00
£149.00

1991 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1991 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Northern Italy

£3,417.00
£1,707.00
£285.00

1991 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1991 Valpolicella Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Northern Italy

£1,345.00
£671.00
£114.00

1990 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1990 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Northern Italy

£6,034.00
£3,016.00
£502.00

1988 Recioto della Valpolicella Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1988 Recioto della Valpolicella Northern Italy

£4,114.00
Duty Paid £177.00

1986 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Dal Forno; Romano Northern Italy

1986 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte di Lodoletta Northern Italy

£9,330.00
£777.00

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