2017 Dal Forno Romano, Valpolicella Superiore

Open a bottle of Dal Forno Valpolicella, and your room will fill with intoxicating aromas.  

An absolute joy to drink, the 2017 Dal Forno boasts a kaleidoscope of dark berry, cedar, leather, tobacco leaf, clove, and fig took over the palate.

The only difference between this wine and Dal Forno's flagship Amarone (which fetches $400) is that this Valpolicella Superiore sees 45 days appassimento (grape drying) versus 90 for the flagship red.

This Veneto red is so good it will make your toes curl!

Taking in the 2017 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta reminds me of all of the desserts, spices and confections experienced on Christmas day. An array of medicinal cherries, plum sauce, ginger cookies, cloves, cinnamon and dried roses captivate. There's tremendous depth here, but it maintains fantastic freshness. This is wildly spicy and intense, yet deep, with brilliant acidity adding energy seldom found in Valpolicella, which enlivens the crunchy red fruits and pretty inner florals within. The 2017 finishes dramatically long and perfumed, resonating on sour blackberries, currants and a bitter hint of cocoa. This goes far beyond the expectation of Valpolicella, with the power and aromatics of an Amarone but with a liveliness that will allow it to excel at the dinner table.”  Vinous

We love Dal Forno's Valpolicella for its versatility.  This wine is exquisitely crafted and balanced.  It has structure for aging yet is gorgeously approachable and graceful despite its heft.  We highly recommend enjoying some now, even though it can be cellar for another 15 years.

Pair with pungent cheeses or your favorite cut of grilled meat - it will make your filet sing and dance!  Even a spicy diavolo sauce pairs ideally with this luscious red.