A powerful and dense red with so much concentration of fruit and chocolate undertones. Hints of toasted oak. Full body and a velvety texture. Fantastic and dense red as usual. Drink now.
94 points, James Suckling (Nov 2016)
The 2011 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta is a darkly concentrated but carefully balanced expression that only the most expert vintner can pull off with success. Consider that the dry extract is a massive 48 grams per liter. In fact, there is some minor precipitation of color matter even at this relatively young age. This wine was aged in new oak for two years (instead of the standard three years) with four years bottle (instead of three). That extra year in glass served to help the wine integrate and to reduce micro-oxygenation. The bouquet is bright and fragrant with floral notes of rose and violet that are rare to find in Valpolicella. There are faint tertiary notes as well that add to the complexity. You will find cured leather and savory spice. The finish offers enough acidity to refresh the palate, following that considerable density and thickness.
93 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - May 2017)
This chewy, savory wine may be classified as Valpolicella Superiore, but it drinks more like an Amarone. That’s because it’s production process mirrors that of Dal Forno’s Amarone, except the grapes are harvested from younger vines and dried for 45 days instead of 90. Packed with flavors of black currant, cocoa powder and espresso, it feels dense and bloody, more solid than liquid, with grainy tannins that leave your gums tight minutes after each sip. A bright note of menthol pierces the curtain of tannins at the finish, suggesting herbal notes that will emerge over time. Lay this down for at least five years before opening for a slab of prime rib.
93 points, Wine & Spirits (Feb 2018)
Mulled cherry, spice box, dried rose and leather flavors are an aromatic entry to this rich and grippy Valpolicella. Full-bodied yet silky on the palate, with a long, saturated finish of fruit, tarry smoke and balsamic notes. Drink now through 2028. 500 cases imported.
92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb 2018)