Why Buy: This brilliant, back-vintage vertical (99 points, 97+ points, and 96 points) is a thrilling testament to the greatness that is Dal Forno, about which Monica Larner wrote, four years ago: these wines "show such a high degree of individual personality that they occupy their own school of stylistic expression." Our sentiments exactly. We can't wait for you to experience this singularity for yourself, and to take advantage of this offer to stock your cellar with the handiwork of one of the finest and most revered winemakers in the world.


What They're Saying: "Monumental ... irresistible," Larner wrote of the 2009 Romano Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta, a wine that stands as one "of the most complete and comprehensive vintages produced at Dal Forno, and ... gives us an ample 360-degree view onto the might, brawn and potential of this icon wine from the Veneto." And Larner was no less enamored of the 2006 ("just stunning ... magical ... enormous volume and richness") and the 2008 ("elegant and graceful," she wrote, with a "thick, fleshy consistency" and "nicely integrated" tannins that will enable the wine to "evolve steadily over time").


The Story: Romano Dal Forno has a gift for coaxing incredible depth and intensity from his wines, balancing their many and varied properties with impeccable skill, and aging them with infinite care (and also a lot longer than most producers). But all these wines, it's important to note, begin with a strong foundation. And that foundation is the land. The family estate is located in the village of Val D’Illasi, and the 65 acres of vineyards are planted to Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta, and Croatina — indigenous varietals, which thrive in the loose, alluvial soil. And Dal Forno takes great pains to baby them, with meticulous pruning, hand-harvesting, and a naturally-occuring (and time-consuming) appassimento drying process. He also — no surprise — limits yields. In 2008, the winery debuted an innovation in the cellar that has been an enormous boon to the quality of every vintage that has followed: vacuum-sealed fermentation tanks that, The Wine Advocate wrote, "help to avoid any intrusive oxygen during winemaking."


Our Tasting Notes: These three are not just big, brawny wines of intensity, depth, and length; they are wines that were made for the hedonists, for the sensualists, for all those with poetry in their soul. 2009 and 2006 have an amplitude that is almost breathtaking, and you can linger for hours savoring the way they swaddle your palate in satiny luxury. For all the richness and drive, however, there is also great balance on display, and great finesse. 2008 is the more elegant of the three, with perhaps less heft and drive, but no loss of richness; and its sense of balance is sublime, a reminder of where this winemaker's heart lies: with grace, with danceability.


Fun Fact: Dal Forno abides by the Burgundian formula of planting, with no more than 13,000 vines permitted per hectare.

Our Guarantee: We always buy and source direct, so you can be confident that your wines will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Secure yours today!



*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2024. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CT, DE, IN, MI, KS, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, December 10, 2023.