...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.
Whereas many producers in Barolo buy grapes from contracted growers, or sell their grapes for others to make the wine, Stroppiana operates more like a small, artisan, Burgundian grower - and his wines, as a result, are considered to be some of the best of the region bar none.
The 2012 Stroppiana Barolo Bussia offers aromas that cascade out of the glass, filling the room with intense cigar-box, liquorice, blackberries, plums and toasty spices.
In the mouth, the 2012 Barolo Bussia is still rather young, taught and tight, but shows incredible promise, with layers of dark fruit swirling under the surface, suggesting an incredible pay-off for those patient enough to tuck it away in the cellar.
With only 300 - 350 cases produced each year, this really is a must-buy for any lover of fine Italian wine.
Drink: 2019 - 2027