Dal Forno Romano 2012 Valpolicella Superiore DOC Verona Italy

94
James Suckling

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94 points James Suckling - A very rich and spicy nose of kirsch, sweet morello cherries, spice box, hazelnuts 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.

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.

2012 was quite a good vintage. Excellent weather conditions persisted throughout the summertime, with high peaks of temperature but good rainfalls, allowing a consistent maturation of grapes. Unfortunately, the vineyards were hit twice by hail, resulting in less production and a need for more careful selection during the harvest time. Except for this flaw, which the winery is more or less used to dealing with every year, the trend of the vintage was even and consistent. The result is a wine with a full body and a perfect balance.

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