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 1994 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £531.88
1994

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 1994 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

Amarone is an acquired taste, given its size as well as earthy, tarry characteristics. Certainly this wine reaches new levels of extract and richness, yet is dry, well-balanced, and, because of its extravagant richness, able to hide the whopping 16.5% alcohol it routinely possesses.
As per photo Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Veneto 1x75cl 3 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £531.88
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,364.87
2011

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

The blend for this wine, whose fruit is dried for three months, is 55 per cent Corvina, 15 per cent Rondinella, 20 per cent Croatina and 10 per cent Oseleta; all the vines are at least 10 years old. A black wine, and a velvet nosebox: pressed black fruits, seeping with fruit essences; smoke and cinders; herbal complexities; teasing floral notes, too, to lighten the tone a little. The alcohol level on the label might lead you to expect a gobstopper – so you’ll be taken aback by the fine-milled elegance of this wine, by its disposition and organization, by its fleet-footed elegance and freshness, even though its concentration, power and textural presence make it a wine of absolute authority. There isn’t a trace of superfluous fat in the mid-palate – though it’s tongue-coating, head-turning, inspiring: a gathering of sumptuous fruited energies. “It’s very difficult to for my father to feel happy about any of his wines; he’s very critical,” said Michele. “But with this vintage, he didn’t have anything to say.”
Delivery to Storage from 28 Nov 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 4 99 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,364.87
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,570.07
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.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Veneto 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,570.07
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,376.87
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 28 Nov 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 2 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,376.87
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 1994 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £441.00
1994

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 1994 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

Amarone is an acquired taste, given its size as well as earthy, tarry characteristics. Certainly this wine reaches new levels of extract and richness, yet is dry, well-balanced, and, because of its extravagant richness, able to hide the whopping 16.5% alcohol it routinely possesses.
As per photo Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Veneto 1x75cl 3 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £441.00
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,124.00
2011

Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (6x75cl)

Decanter (99)

The blend for this wine, whose fruit is dried for three months, is 55 per cent Corvina, 15 per cent Rondinella, 20 per cent Croatina and 10 per cent Oseleta; all the vines are at least 10 years old. A black wine, and a velvet nosebox: pressed black fruits, seeping with fruit essences; smoke and cinders; herbal complexities; teasing floral notes, too, to lighten the tone a little. The alcohol level on the label might lead you to expect a gobstopper – so you’ll be taken aback by the fine-milled elegance of this wine, by its disposition and organization, by its fleet-footed elegance and freshness, even though its concentration, power and textural presence make it a wine of absolute authority. There isn’t a trace of superfluous fat in the mid-palate – though it’s tongue-coating, head-turning, inspiring: a gathering of sumptuous fruited energies. “It’s very difficult to for my father to feel happy about any of his wines; he’s very critical,” said Michele. “But with this vintage, he didn’t have anything to say.”
Delivery to Storage from 28 Nov 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 4 99 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,124.00
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,295.00
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.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Veneto 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,295.00
Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,134.00
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 28 Nov 2021

Veneto 6x75cl 2 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,134.00

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