Appellations: Veneto IGT
Vine Age:More than10 years old
Vineyard Location and Soil Type: Town of Tregnago; vineyard sits 1,150 feet above sea level; clay and limestone
Grapes: 55% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 20% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
Drying Period: 4 months
Fermentation: Stainless steel; controlled temperature around 28°C (82°F); 15days of punchdowns and maceration
Ageing: 36 months in new French & American oak; 24 months of bottle age.
(RP=99) The 2004 Passito Rosso Vino Dolce Vigna Ser_ (500-mililiter) is a masterpiece that is impossible to repeat. In fact, the wine has not been produced since 2004. Even if a vintage as good as this did come along, we'd need to wait another 13 years before we could enjoy this level of maturity and evolution. Formally a Recioto della Valpolicella, this sweet red wine is made with air-dried fruit as local tradition dictates. Luckily no botrytis set in that year, because that would have eroded the wine's deep and luscious color saturation. The bouquet delivers a generous flow of dark spice, bitter chocolate, espresso, raisin, plum, barbecue spice and teriyaki smoke. The concentration and layering of the wine are both rare and distinctive. The mouthfeel sees sweet flavors with a syrupy mouthfeel. The finish offers hints of caramelized brown sugar and savory hickory. The aging window is impossible to predict, but the wine is surely built to last. I can think of no other wine that comes close to matching this unique style.(AG=98+) The 2004 Vigna Ser_ 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 I have ever tasted. At eight years of age the 2004 remains a an infant. (375 ml)