Dal Forno's virtually perfect 1996 is undoubtedly the finest Amarone I have ever tasted. Its inky black/purple color is accompanied by extraordinarily pure, graphite-infused, blackberry, plum, mineral, licorice, and espresso flavors. Despite its monumental intensity and richness, this wine is not heavy, somehow managing to conceal its 17.5% alcohol! As compelling an Italian wine as I have ever tasted, it should prove to be unbelievably long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.
Bright and fruity Amarone, with pepper, crushed berries and hints of new wood. Full-bodied and very velvety, with a long, long juicy finish. Gorgeous and decadent. The master of Amarone hits it again. Drink now through 2010. 720 cases made. ?JS