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Dal Forno Romano large formats

Dal Forno Romano makes some of the best wines in the Veneto. The estate crafts intense and complex Valpolicella and Amarone – true “vini da meditazione” (wines of meditation).

The property has just released a selection of back-vintages exclusively in large format, with magnums, double magnums and five-litre behemoths of vintages stretching back to 2008.

The range includes the 2012 Valpolicella, available for the first time in large format, as well as some of Dal Forno’s best-reviewed wines. The 2008 Amarone is Antonio Galloni’s highest-scoring vintage (98 points), while the 2009 and 2011 have both been awarded 99 points (by Wine Advocate and Decanter, respectively).

Browse this range of wines, all with perfect provenance, below. They will be shipped in April 2022.

2009 Amarone della Valpolicella (2022 Release) Dal Forno Romano Northern Italy  Italy Still wine

2009 Amarone della Valpolicella (2022 Release)

Dal Forno Romano

97Average Score
flagNorthern Italy / Italy
Red
drink-now2019-2048

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.

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate  (September 2019)    Score: 99/100    Drink 2019-2045

Mags-5 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£510.00
5L-2 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£1,741.00
3L-16 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£1,046.00

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2011 Amarone della Valpolicella (2022 Release) Dal Forno Romano Northern Italy  Italy Still wine

2011 Amarone della Valpolicella (2022 Release)

Dal Forno Romano

97Average Score
flagNorthern Italy / Italy
Red
drink-now2018-2050

This is a real bruiser of a wine, and it marks the first of three excellent back-to-back vintages (2011, 2012 and 2013). The growing season was full of surprises and many farming decisions had to be made at the spur of the moment. The 2011 growing season started off cool, but there was an explosion of heat in mid-August that remained intense until a final cooling period at harvest. Fruit ripening had been behind schedule, but that August heat helped to pick up the pace. (By the way, this is also the year Michele Dal Forno got married). The 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is an incredible wine that has magically managed to maintain the fresh acidity associated with the cooler part of the growing season. It also shows the inky black concentration and ripeness that is reflective of the hottest part of the summer. I am impressed by the tannic management, as the wine is silky and fine at this young stage; however, the underlying structure promises a long aging future, should you chose to put your bottle aside. Overall, this vintage is slightly more accessible and ready to drink if you don't have the patience for cellar aging.

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate  (September 2019)    Score: 97/100    Drink 2019-2050

Mags-20 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£510.00
3L-8 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£1,045.00
5L-3 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£1,739.00

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2008 Amarone della Valpolicella (2022 Release) Dal Forno Romano Northern Italy  Italy Still wine

2008 Amarone della Valpolicella (2022 Release)

Dal Forno Romano

96Average Score
flagNorthern Italy / Italy
Red
drink-now2016-2040

This is a lighter, more elegant style from Dal Forno, reflecting the cooler vintage conditions in 2008. The juicy palate is balanced by a wonderful level of structure, with slightly generic but ripe plum and hedgerow fruit with violet lift. A textural mid-palate leads onto a creamy cherry fruit finish.

James Button, Decanter  (March 2018)    Score: 94/100    Drink 2018-2040

3x75cl-0 Immediate | 25 Marketplace£768.00
5L-3 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£1,741.00
Mags-8 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£510.00
3L-7 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£1,046.00

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2009 Valpolicella Superiore (2022 Release) Dal Forno Romano Northern Italy  Italy Still wine

2009 Valpolicella Superiore (2022 Release)

Dal Forno Romano

93Average Score
flagNorthern Italy / Italy
Red
drink-now2016-2035

Black cherries, plums, graphite, tapenade, melted road tar and game hits the palate as Romano Dal Forno's 2009 Valpolicella Superiore shows off its personality. The 2009 brings together the signature richness of a wine made from 100% dried fruit with distinctly wild, almost Syrah-like overtones. Inky and intense, with considerable tannic backbone, the 2009 is really more of a junior Amarone than a Valpolicella. Readers will want to give this super-expressive wine another few years in the cellar, but there is a lot to like, even today.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous  (July 2015)    Score: 92/100    Drink 2016-2024

Mags-15 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£161.00
3L-7 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£325.00
5L-2 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£542.00

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2008 Valpolicella Superiore (2022 Release) Dal Forno Romano Northern Italy  Italy Still wine

2008 Valpolicella Superiore (2022 Release)

Dal Forno Romano

93Average Score
flagNorthern Italy / Italy
Red
drink-now2016-2035

A dark, super-ripe wine, the 2008 Valpolicella Superiore is fabulous in this vintage. Smoke, tar, incense, licorice and blackberry jam hit the palate in a massive, intense Valpolicella loaded with class and personality. Even with all of the concentration, the 2008 is quite a bit less tannic than some recent vintages have been, which makes it accessible even today, especially if given a little air. There is a lot to admire in this drop-dead gorgeous Valpolicella from Romano Dal Forno.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous  (March 2014)    Score: 94/100    Drink 2016-2028

Mags-40 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£160.00

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2012 Valpolicella Superiore (2022 Release) Dal Forno Romano Northern Italy  Italy Still wine

2012 Valpolicella Superiore (2022 Release)

Dal Forno Romano

94Average Score
flagNorthern Italy / Italy
Red

A very rich and spicy nose of kirsch, sweet morello cherries, spice box, hazlenuts and vanilla beans with dried dark cherry cake and lots of cedar, too. Full body, sweet fruit, vibrant acidity, ripe and round tannins and a fruit-forward finish. Always excellent. Drink now.

James Suckling  (October 2017)    Score: 94/100

3L-10 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£324.00
5L-3 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£540.00
Mags-20 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£160.00

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