...intense cigar-box, liquorice, blackberries, plums and toasty spices...
A tiny, 4.5 hectare, family-owned Barolo estate, Stroppiana is run by Dario Stroppiana, who takes care of every process, from tending the vines, to overseeing the harvest and making the wine himself.
"The spectacular 2012 Barbaresco Valeirano Vürsù is bursting with vibrant fruit and a lingering sense of elegance.
"The wine opens to a medium garnet color and focused precision. The aromas are not as intense as in other vintages, but this Barbaresco certainly leaves its aromatic mark nonetheless."
92 Points Wine Advocate
"Muscular and fully loaded, the 2012 Barbaresco Starderi Vürsù delivers a solid and ample bouquet that is built upon generous fruit, spice, licorice and balsam herb.
"The wine's brawny personality is different from the Barbaresco Valeirano that is more seductive and feminine in personality. Starderi shows more brawn and feistiness."
Petit & Bajan, Ambrosie Brut Grand Cru NV Champagne 12% 17.5 Drink 2017-22
70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir from grands crus vineyards in Côte des Blancs and Verzenay. Tirage 23 July 2010, disgorgement 10 May 2016. Dosage 4 g/l. RM.