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Tue, Feb 6, 2024 10:00AM EST - Tue, Feb 13, 2024 08:00PM EST
  • 2001
  • 750ml
  • Italy
  • Veneto
  • Valpolicella
  • Amarone della Valpolicella
  • Valpolicella Blend
  • Red
  • DD4055
  • DD4056
Lot 39

2001 Dal Forno Romano Vigneto Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella - 750ml - 2 bottle(s)

Estimate: CAD$1,100 - CAD$1,600

Bid Increments

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CAD$0 CAD$20
CAD$500 CAD$50
CAD$1,000 CAD$100
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CAD$3,000 CAD$250
CAD$5,000 CAD$500
CAD$10,000 CAD$1,000
CAD$20,000 CAD$2,000
CAD$50,000 CAD$5,000
CAD$100,000 CAD$10,000
This lot is comprised of 2 bottle(s) of 2001 Dal Forno Romano Vigneto Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $1100 - $1600 with a reserve of $900. The bottles in this lot come from collection 11413.


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This Vancouver based collector was introduced to fine wine in his early 20s. He joined a few wine clubs, Commanderie de Bordeaux and Confrerie de Tastevin among them, and started his cellar in the 90s. He has been an avid collector since, amassing over 8000 bottles throughout the years and keeping meticulous provenance notes on each one; the 2 bottles of 1988 Chateau Margaux were purchased in 2015 through Zachys. His wines were procured from government and private stores, direct from US wineries and Zachy’s in NY and all have been stored in his temperature and humidity-controlled cellars at home as well as at 13C Wine Storage.
The score for 2001 Dal Forno Romano Vigneto Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella is 97 from Robert Parker and the tasting note - The 2001 Amarone is on another level entirely. It exudes notable warmth and ripeness, with profound layers of Venezuelan bitter chocolate, herbs, licorice, smoke, dark fruit and toasted oak. Made in an explosive style, this palate-staining Amarone possesses remarkable detail and nuance for such a big wine. It has been phenomenal on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Romano Dal Forno is a humble, down to earth and extremely passionate person. Just a few minutes with Dal Forno are enough to understand his unwavering, some might say obsessive, pursuit of quality. I have never met a producer with such a maniacal approach to cleanliness in the cellar. Nothing is wasted here. As I tasted the drying grapes after the 2006 harvest one grape fell to the ground, but it was swiftly picked up by Dal Forno. The same aesthetic applies to Dal Forno’s work in the vineyards. Dal Forno’s newest plot is planted with an extremely dense 12,800 vines per hectare and can only be described as a work of surgical precision. Dal Forno uses roughly 60-70% Corvina, 10-15% Croatina, 10-15% Rondinella and a small amount of Oseleta for the Valpolicella and Amarone. The fruit from the estate’s younger vines goes into the Valpolicella, while Amarone is made from vineyards that range from 10 to 30 years of age.