"The 2010 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta is more precise and focused compared to the 2011 edition that I tasted at the estate at the same time. This was not an easy vintage in Valpolicella compared to other parts of Italy that enjoyed a classic growing season. Instead, this Northern corner of Italy suffered from heavy rains and some hail damage. Overall yields were lower as a result. But the wine sings in terms of its brightness and aromatic intensity today. The expressive bouquet covers all the bases from black fruit to spice to drying mineral or flint. All of these elements conspire to bring robust flavours together with smooth and seamless transitions.
I enjoyed a very rewarding visit with the Dal Forno family in early Spring. The past decade has seen the refurbishing of the new winery and more construction to the monumental estate that sits just beyond tall gates in Cellore d'Illasi, Valpolicella. Romano Dal Forno is at work on his succession plan and the generational shift is clearly underway with more winemaking and marketing responsibilities now passed off to his sons. In addition to the wines reviewed here, I had the opportunity to preview taste the 2012 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta and the 2012 Amarone Della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta. These are promising wines that will be scored towards the end of the year when they are ready for review. Romano Dal Forno did not make Amarone in 2014, although his Valpolicella Superiore was produced."
95 points, Monica Larner