Among the beneficiaries of these revolutionary changes has been the Stroppiana family of La Morra, proud holders of close of close to fourteen acres of vineyard land. In the 1980’s, the Nebbiolo grapes of La Morra were not particularly sought after, and many a producer had to bargain fiercely with either middlemen or purchasers to obtain a reasonable price for their crop.
At the time, La Morra, whose fragrant and elegant Barolo is the exact opposite of the beefy, concentrated style in vogue a generation ago, was severely underrated as a zone.
But time, and a new desire for finesse, have done justice to the township and to the Stroppiana house, producers of classic Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, and Langhe Nebbiolo.
And, of course, Barolo: the classic Leonardo, the firm and polished Bussia, and, the pridge of the cellar, the Barolo San Giacomo, aged under the careful eye of Dario Stroppiana who prefers to keep the secrets of the process entirely to himself.