Few wineries can boast a bond with Verona’s viticulture that’s as authentic and ancient as Guerrieri Rizzardi, a story that began over a century ago on the foundations of a large estate (passed down as a dowry by both branches of the family). Today Giuseppe and Agostino lead a producer that avails itself of vineyards in some of the most beautiful parts of Verona wine country, especially Valpolicella and Bardolino, making for a range that stands out for its stylistic elegance. The Amarone Villa Rizzardi Riserva ’15 debuted with a bang, offering up deep aromas, where fruit comes across as quite ripe, meeting notes of spices, undergrowth and licorice. The change of pace, however, is discernible in the mouth, where the fullness of the palate resolves around smooth tannins and acidity, gaining tension and suppleness right up through a warm, long finish. The Clos Roareti ’18, a generous Merlot produced in Negrar, features vibrant notes of ripe red fruit, spices and medicinal herbs.