Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore DOC 2008 (Veneto, Italy) "...intense, bitter chocolate, dried fruit..."
"The 2008 Valpolicella Superiore hails from the famed Monte Lodoletta cru and immediately struts its stuff: It opens to huge intensity, an inky appearance and tight tannic astringency. Great care is taken to transform each berry of fruit into this dense, syrupy wine that is redolent of bitter chocolate, dried fruit, blackberry preserves, baking spice and toasted herbs. The oak tannins dry every last drop of moisture from your mouth. The blend is 70% Covina and Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta and 5% Croatina aged 36 months in barrique. This wine has a long, long way to go. Don’t even think of popping the cork for five years or more. Drink 2018-2035." - 93 Points, Wine Advocate
"Lots of pretty cooked fruit with plums and berries. Full body, blackberries, blueberries and hints of chocolate. Lots of fruit and new wood. Rich and impressive but good austerity underneath. Better in 2015." - 93 Points, James Suckling
"Reminiscent of a walk through a forest on a crisp fall day, this offers aromatic notes of underbrush, fresh earth and wood smoke, with rich fig cake, dried currant, mocha and baking spice flavors. The burly tannins are firm on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2023." - 92 Points, Wine Spectator