In the late 1990s, Elena Coati and her brother Federico took over the reins of the family winery, conferring on Corte Rugolin the identity that we know today. The cellar is located inside a historic, 16th-century courtyard, while the vineyards, which are spread out like pieces of a puzzle within Valpolicella’s Classico zone, include the excellent Conca d’Oro (in Sant’Ambrogio), Chevalier (near the winery) and Monte Danieli (along the hill that hosts the small village of Castelrotto). Their sumptuous 2013 Amarone, made with grapes from Monte Danieli, is characterized by a nose of great charm. Deep aromatic expression sees fruit sharing a leading role with notes of undergrowth, spices and flowers. In the mouth it’s even more convincing, making for a rigorous, potent and yet austere Amarone that wins you over with its tension and character. The Sangiorgio ’17 is subtle on the nose, supple and elegant on the palate.