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  • Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2019

    £65.49

    “The 2019 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is youthfully understated, requiring coaxing to reveal its depths of dried black cherries, mocha and cloves, all lifted by a hint of fresh mint. This impresses with its blend of sweet spices, opulent ripe wild berry fruits and silken textures, all balanced by brisk acidity and a pleasantly bitter tinge of dark chocolate toward the close. This finishes classically dry with dramatic length and potency, leaving a coating of fine-grained tannins that saturates, promising many years of positive evolution. Allegrini knocked this one out of the park. Wow. Drinking window: 2026-2040. 95 points

    Allegrini remains one of the most dependable producers of top-shelf Amarone within Valpolicella, with a strong focus on terroir and indigenous varieties. Recent changes include a new structuring of ownership within the Allegrini family and its brands, as brothers Francesco, Giovanni and Matteo Allegrini have taken majority ownership of the property. During this recent visit, the 2019 La Poja, Allegrini’s single vineyard varietal Corvina, was not yet ready to be tasted. However, considering what I witnessed from the 2016 Amarone, I’m waiting with bated breath. Another highlight is the new 2016 Amarone Riserva Fieramonte. At 411 meters in the Fumane valley, this high-elevation site has produced one of the vintage’s top wines. The 2016 vintage has been impressing me for years. Now that the Riservas are being released, I can say without a doubt that my excitement was warranted.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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  • Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013

    £125.00

    “The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico opens with an intense burst of shaved cedar, dark chocolate and crushed black cherries. This soothes with its silky textures, offset by tart red and black fruits as rosy inner florals form toward the close. Medium in length, it finishes fresher than expected, showing the wiry yet energetic character of the vintage. Drinking window: 2025-2032. 92 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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  • Casa Coste Piane Valdobbiadene Prosecco N.V.

    £21.99

    Review to follow

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  • Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta 2013

    £279.95

    “The 2014 is a unique rendition of Dal Forno’s Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta. It’s a remarkably pretty wine, displaying crushed ripe strawberries and plums with cinnamon, clove, vanilla bean and a cooling hint of mint. The textures are velvety, coating all that they touch in glycerol fruit concentration, yet somehow coming across as zesty and spry, contrasting weight with saturating notes of tart blackberry and savory spice. There’s a bit at a lull in the midpalate, yet it hardly takes away from the experience. At times, the Monte Lodoletta can seem almost salty, especially through its long, mouthwatering finish, where hints of cherry pits and herbs linger. This atypical yet truly enjoyable expression is the result of the extremely difficult 2014 vintage, when hail damaged and reduced the crop in the lower-elevation vineyards, followed by rain from August through September. As a result, Dal Forno decided not to produce their Amarone, and to instead focus all of their attention on the Valpolicella. The result is a wine that no Dal Forno fan should miss, but be aware that production was down 30% from an average year. Drinking window: 2024-2040. 97 points

    The Val d’Illasi is the furthest valley east of Verona that is permitted to produce Valpolicella and Amarone. It is not part of the original “Classico” growing area, but it is the home of the Dal Forno vineyards and winery. With 26 hectares of vines planted at an average of 270 meters, the Dal Forno family is able to blend the advantages of the alluvial soils in the lower elevations, and the clay-rich soils as their vines move further upslope. The focus here is on the traditional mix of varieties: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta and Croatina. However, in the winery, Dal Forno depends on a modern approach, with no fear of technology, to create their portfolio of dark, massively intense, seamlessly elegant, yet wonderfully balanced Amarone and Valpolicella. Marco Dal Forno, enologist and second generation, explained that the family had recently acquired another 24 hectares of vineyards, but it intends to experiment with them prior to blending them into the production. His goal is to better understand the unique soil types within Illasi and how each variety acts differently within them, in order to plan for replantings in the future. That said, production quantity was a repeating theme of our conversations, as he also explained to me that hail is becoming more and more frequent. As I mentioned previously, these are modern interpretations of the wines of the region, but don’t let that deter you, because they are also some of the best produced from year to year. Following an extremely strict selection, Corvina grapes for the Amarone undergo three months of air-drying, followed by a first fermentation in stainless steel with automated punch-downs; and then moved into new French oak, where the wine undergoes a slow secondary fermentation that can last up to 18 months. Ultimately, the Amarone spends two years in barrel prior to bottling. It’s also extremely important to take note that even the Valpolicella of Dal Forno spends 45 days air-drying, followed by two years in new oak and three years in bottle. Basically, it’s like drinking many other producers’ Amarone, but it’s labeled Valpolicella.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Dal Forno Romano Vigna Sere 2004 (375ml)

    £129.95

    “The 2004 Vigna Sere is the perfect conclusion to a vintage that will go down as one of Dal Forno’s most magical. Sweet, silky tannins support layers of super-refined, elegant fruit in this magical sweet red. Mocha, espresso, new leather, raspberry jam and spices emerge with time in the glass, but this is really a wine that shows off textural finesse more than anything else. I have tasted this wine many times since it was in barrel and later in bottle. It has never been anything less than spellbinding. It is one of the most magical sweet dessert wines l have ever tasted. At eight years of age the 2004 remains an infant. Drink: 2014-2024. 98 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/11)

     

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  • L’Arco Arcum 2020

    £29.95

    “The tasting at L’Arco included both new releases and a very rare look back into library vintages of Rubeo, an appassimento-driven blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 15% Molinara. In last year’s article, I explained Luca Fedrigo’s very close ties to Quintarelli and how he has chosen to uphold those teachings to the letter. The wines possess that same magic and soulfulness that make Quintarelli an icon to this day. As such, they also require similar attention. For instance, Fedrigo clarified that the wines are best opened no less than eight hours prior to tasting, if not the night before. This visit was particularly interesting, as I recalled the first time I tasted these wines, including the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, which we revisited. I still have a 2003 L’Arco Amarone in my cellar, waiting for a special occasion. The new releases show the same energy, verve and depth of fruit that I’ve come to know from these wines. However, Fedrigo decided not to bottle his 2018 Amarone in response to the year’s conditions, a choice I wish more producers had made. That said, both the Rubeo and Pario from the vintage are both terrific, just more immediate. As for 2019, my interests are truly piqued after tasting the Pario, a blend of half fresh and half appassimento Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. It’s a serious wine that will require patience.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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  • L’Arco Pario 2019

    £45.95

    “The 2019 Pario is darkly alluring, showing a powerful display of dried black cherries complicated by notes of cedar, clove and leather, all lifted by a hint of camphor. It’s surprisingly fresh and lively within despite its imposing bouquet, mixing tart wild berry fruits with violet inner florals and a bitter tinge of balsamic spice. Lightly tannic, the 2019 finishes long and staining, with a crunchy sensation that keeps the taster looking back to the glass for more. If opening the Pario today, make sure to give it a good amount of air. This is a blend of half fresh and half appassimento Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Drinking window: 2025-2032. 94 points

    The tasting at L’Arco included both new releases and a very rare look back into library vintages of Rubeo, an appassimento-driven blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 15% Molinara. In last year’s article, I explained Luca Fedrigo’s very close ties to Quintarelli and how he has chosen to uphold those teachings to the letter. The wines possess that same magic and soulfulness that make Quintarelli an icon to this day. As such, they also require similar attention. For instance, Fedrigo clarified that the wines are best opened no less than eight hours prior to tasting, if not the night before. This visit was particularly interesting, as I recalled the first time I tasted these wines, including the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, which we revisited. I still have a 2003 L’Arco Amarone in my cellar, waiting for a special occasion. The new releases show the same energy, verve and depth of fruit that I’ve come to know from these wines. However, Fedrigo decided not to bottle his 2018 Amarone in response to the year’s conditions, a choice I wish more producers had made. That said, both the Rubeo and Pario from the vintage are both terrific, just more immediate. As for 2019, my interests are truly piqued after tasting the Pario, a blend of half fresh and half appassimento Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. It’s a serious wine that will require patience.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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  • L’Arco Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2017 (500ml)

    £89.95

    “The 2017 Recioto della Valpolicella is surprisingly savory in the glass, with cocoa-tinged dried cherries and flowers complemented by hints of dusty cedar and spice. This is velvety in texture yet energized by zesty acidity, which enlivens its wild berry fruits as a tangerine note adds contrast toward the close. It finishes long yet fresh, leaving balsam tones, licorice and clove that seem to linger for up to a minute. While a sweet wine by definition at 70 grams of residual sugar, the 2017 comes across as so vibrant and palatable that it’s almost too easy to drink. The wonders of Recioto. Drinking window: 2022-2036. 94 points

    The tasting at L’Arco included both new releases and a very rare look back into library vintages of Rubeo, an appassimento-driven blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 15% Molinara. In last year’s article, I explained Luca Fedrigo’s very close ties to Quintarelli and how he has chosen to uphold those teachings to the letter. The wines possess that same magic and soulfulness that make Quintarelli an icon to this day. As such, they also require similar attention. For instance, Fedrigo clarified that the wines are best opened no less than eight hours prior to tasting, if not the night before. This visit was particularly interesting, as I recalled the first time I tasted these wines, including the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, which we revisited. I still have a 2003 L’Arco Amarone in my cellar, waiting for a special occasion. The new releases show the same energy, verve and depth of fruit that I’ve come to know from these wines. However, Fedrigo decided not to bottle his 2018 Amarone in response to the year’s conditions, a choice I wish more producers had made. That said, both the Rubeo and Pario from the vintage are both terrific, just more immediate. As for 2019, my interests are truly piqued after tasting the Pario, a blend of half fresh and half appassimento Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. It’s a serious wine that will require patience.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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  • L’Arco Rosso del Veronese 2020

    £24.95

    “The 2020 Rosso del Veronese is wickedly fresh, wafting up with a bouquet of dusty roses, exotic spices, crushed stone and leather. This is sleek and energetic, with silken textures and crisp red and blue fruits that cascade across the palate. Violet inner florals form toward the close. This finishes remarkably zesty, with a vivid raspberry concentration and a gentle fug of sublet tannins. Quite lovely, the Rosso del Veronese is made with all fresh grapes and is a blend of 80% Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara and 20% Sangiovese. Drinking window: 2024-2029. 91 points

    The tasting at L’Arco included both new releases and a very rare look back into library vintages of Rubeo, an appassimento-driven blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 15% Molinara. In last year’s article, I explained Luca Fedrigo’s very close ties to Quintarelli and how he has chosen to uphold those teachings to the letter. The wines possess that same magic and soulfulness that make Quintarelli an icon to this day. As such, they also require similar attention. For instance, Fedrigo clarified that the wines are best opened no less than eight hours prior to tasting, if not the night before. This visit was particularly interesting, as I recalled the first time I tasted these wines, including the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, which we revisited. I still have a 2003 L’Arco Amarone in my cellar, waiting for a special occasion. The new releases show the same energy, verve and depth of fruit that I’ve come to know from these wines. However, Fedrigo decided not to bottle his 2018 Amarone in response to the year’s conditions, a choice I wish more producers had made. That said, both the Rubeo and Pario from the vintage are both terrific, just more immediate. As for 2019, my interests are truly piqued after tasting the Pario, a blend of half fresh and half appassimento Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. It’s a serious wine that will require patience.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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  • L’Arco Rubeo 2018

    £49.95

    “The 2018 Rubeo is a savory beast, with a burst of smoke and crushed rocks giving way to white pepper-tinged black cherries and wild herbs. It sweeps across the palate with silky textures and polished wild berry fruits, propelled by zesty acidity as salty mineral tones saturate toward the close. It finishes saline and youthfully tannic yet still quite fresh, leaving rosy inner florals and a chalky sensation that lingers on and on. The 2018 is gorgeous yet demands cellaring to come fully into balance. Drinking window: 2026-2036. 94 points

    The tasting at L’Arco included both new releases and a very rare look back into library vintages of Rubeo, an appassimento-driven blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Corvina, 15% Rondinella and 15% Molinara. In last year’s article, I explained Luca Fedrigo’s very close ties to Quintarelli and how he has chosen to uphold those teachings to the letter. The wines possess that same magic and soulfulness that make Quintarelli an icon to this day. As such, they also require similar attention. For instance, Fedrigo clarified that the wines are best opened no less than eight hours prior to tasting, if not the night before. This visit was particularly interesting, as I recalled the first time I tasted these wines, including the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, which we revisited. I still have a 2003 L’Arco Amarone in my cellar, waiting for a special occasion. The new releases show the same energy, verve and depth of fruit that I’ve come to know from these wines. However, Fedrigo decided not to bottle his 2018 Amarone in response to the year’s conditions, a choice I wish more producers had made. That said, both the Rubeo and Pario from the vintage are both terrific, just more immediate. As for 2019, my interests are truly piqued after tasting the Pario, a blend of half fresh and half appassimento Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. It’s a serious wine that will require patience.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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  • Marion Amarone della Valpolicella 2018

    £74.95

    “The 2018 Amarone della Valpolicella is smoky and darkly alluring, with masses of crushed stone and savory herbs giving way to dried black cherry. This is an especially lifted and juicy red from Marion. Depths of tart wild berry fruit and spiced citrus tones excited by vibrant acidity. It finishes potent and lightly structured, nearly buzzing with residual tension, as hints of hard red candy and dark, dark chocolate linger for what seems to be a full minute. Drinking window: 2024-2032. 94 points

    The Marion winery and vineyards are located in Marcellise, outside the Classico zone, on the hills east of Verona. This year’s releases include a new set of wines that Stefano Campedelli made from a vineyard across the valley from the winery with distinctly white calcareous soils. The wines are labeled Corte Lavel, and are done in a more immediate style. That said, the Amarone is impressive, with years of positive development in store for collectors. At Marion, the 2018 Teroldego is a highlight. Many 2018s in Valpolicella come across as fragile and almost diluted in feel, yet that is not the case here. The 2018 Amarone is also notable, yet more in the context of the vintage.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (03/23)

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  • Marion Valpolicella Superiore 2018

    £38.95

    “The 2018 Valpolicella Superiore is beautiful. Peppery florals and earth tones give way to wild strawberries and licorice. It splashes across the palate with a balanced inner sweetness contrasted by a mix of red plums and saline-mineral tones. The 2018 leaves the mouth watering for more, finishing only lightly structured and potent with lingering tart wild berries and sour citrus hints. Drinking window: 2023-2028. 92 points

    The Marion winery and vineyards are located in Marcellise, outside the Classico zone, on the hills east of Verona. This year’s releases include a new set of wines that Stefano Campedelli made from a vineyard across the valley from the winery with distinctly white calcareous soils. The wines are labeled Corte Lavel, and are done in a more immediate style. That said, the Amarone is impressive, with years of positive development in store for collectors. At Marion, the 2018 Teroldego is a highlight. Many 2018s in Valpolicella come across as fragile and almost diluted in feel, yet that is not the case here. The 2018 Amarone is also notable, yet more in the context of the vintage.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (03/23)

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