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2003 Dal Forno - Valpolicella Superiore (Vigneto di Monte Ladoletta) Corvina Blend - Italy - Veneto - Red

Italy - Veneto

Red Corvina Blend
Producer Notes

Recognized as the undisputed leader of the new wave in Verona's winemaking, Romano Dal Forno only established his estate in the 1980s. The winery is located outside the so-called Zona Classica for Valpolicella, at Illasi. From 8 hectares of vineyard Dal Forno gets the best out of the Corvina and Rondinella varieties with small yields and rigorous selection during the harvesting.

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Author TMac
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.639%
Tasted On 05/07/2010

Opened and decanted for 4 hours. Nose was relatively mild -- vanilla, a hint of tobacco, and some kind of anise/licorice. The nose got better over time. By +4 hours the wine began to open up and showing more distinctive vanillan, Concord grape, and black raspberry. Fruit and wood just exploded in the mouth on the first sip. Gobs of vanilla, pencil lead,and sweet plums. By +6 hours the wine was really singing. Finish was a little too tannic, yet clearly something special. I might suggest waiting another couple of years before popping another. Either way, definitely decant.

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