From the small courtyard that houses Speri’s drying loft on Mount Sant’Urbano, you can enjoy an enchanting view of Valpolicella’s Classico zone, vineyards dotted with olive trees and the occasional cherry tree, remnants of the area’s agricultural past. The beating heart of the family property, which forms the producer’s bond with the territory, was founded in the late-19th century, and work has never stopped there. Only traditional grapes and wines are produced, interpreted here with precision and a focus on the finesse, depth and tension of which Corvina and Corvinone are capable. The Amarone Sant’Urbano ’17 opens with sweet and ripe fruit at the fore, while spices and a subtle nuance of crushed flowers lie in the background. The palate is generous, full and potent, marked by acidity and tannins that are clearly discernible but never dominate. We also appreciated the Valpolicella Sant’Urbano ’18, a red that with brilliantly fruity aromas followed by a sapid, supple and long palate.