2008 Dal Forno Amarone

"The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella is compelling. With a little air, the tannins begin to soften, releasing a myriad of intense dark aromas and flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, cloves, violets, plums and blackberry jam cover every inch of the palate in a stunning, headspinning Amarone that captures all of the best qualities of the year. When Romano Dal Forno's wines are on, there is nothing quite like them, and that is certainly the case here. If opened young, the 2008 needs a little air. Actually, a lot of air." "Dal Forno fans will be thrilled with these new releases. The 2008s are off the charts. Dal Forno only makes his Amarone when the vintage warrants. The 2008 reminds me of the 2004, but perhaps with a bit more structure and tannin. I imagine it will provide a long drinking window of pure pleasure. In the meantime, the 2007 Valpolicella (from a year in which there is no Amarone) will drink well young, while the 2008 provides some glimpses as to what is in store for readers lucky enough to find the 2008 Amarone. As always, these are some of the richest and most textured wines being made anywhere in the world. A visit to this spotless winesi in Illasi is all it takes to understand the maniacal drive for perfection that informs everything the Dal Forno family does." [+]