This is very lifted and intense with treacle tart, licorice, light asphalt, chili and chocolate. Full body with very intense dried fruits like raisins, sultanas and prunes, but there's a nutmeg and clove undertone to it. Very chewy and intense on the finish. Big wine but racy and fresh. Stunning Amarone.
A more modern-styled offering, the 2006 Romano dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella was enormously endowed with nearly over-the-top levels of concentration, ripeness, blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice, tar and floral notes. Both are spectacular wines (probably hitting 15-16% natural alcohol) and were killer efforts to have at the end of this somewhat disappointing meal.
Polished and expressive, this shows a smoky baseline of graphite-laced minerality, with fine-grained tannins and mouthwatering acidity focusing the flavors of date, kirsch, ground anise and clove, with a touch of cocoa powder. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases imported.