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Agricola Azienda Curto Marco

La Morra

Based in La Morra, in the east of the Barolo zone, Nadia Curto’s roots run deep, influencing her organic approach to viticulture, as well as her wine making style.


Based in La Morra, in the east of the Barolo zone, Nadia’s roots run deep, influencing her organic approach to viticulture, as well as her wine making style. Her uncle is the famous Elio Altare, a leading light in Barolo’s modern revival, while her father specialised in traditional wines. Nadia has taken influences from both, while adding her own enthusiasm and character.

La Morra is known for producing perfumed and expressive Barolos, medium bodied, elegant and not quite as structured as some of the other villages. One of its undisputed ‘grand cru’ vineyards is the Arborina, made famous by Uncle Elio amongst others. Here we find Nadia’s Nebbiolo and Barbera vines.

Nadia joined her parent’s Curto Marco estate in 2000. Comprised of just 4ha of vines, its small size means everything can be done by hand. Nadia takes great pleasure in hoeing the rows and feels she knows her vines intimately, and can perceive their needs. Only organic treatments are used, natural manure, pheromones traps rather than insecticides, Nadia knows that for her vines to be happy, the environment they grow in must be healthy and natural. All picking is by hand, into small crates. Yields are kept low. In the winery fermentations happen naturally and the wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined, the better to preserve their natural freshness and vitality.

Current Vintages

Red WinesVintage
Is there a more versatile grape than Dolcetto? From cool refreshment on a hot day to a peppery, spicy accompaniment to roast meat, the ‘little sweet one’ can do it all. Nadia’s comes from the north-west facing Gattera vineyard. Beautiful nose which reminds one of a summer evening, with violet, dark fruit, and cherry. Lithe and refreshing on the palate, with the characteristic bitterness and acidity providing brilliantly crunchy refreshment. There’s a Beaujolais-like quality here, this would be lovely chilled. Good length, pleasingly dry and fresh. Heaven with a plate of Salumi!
These vines grow in the Arborina vineyard, on the lower slopes beneath the Nebbiolo. South facing, with clay in the soil, giving a Barbera of concentration and richness. Super perfumed, with sweet black cherry and raspberry mingling with dark floral notes, a deeper nose than the Dolcetto. There’s a burst of sweet cherry on the attack, the rich fruit given crispness by fresh acidity and a saline edge, the tannins peppery and fine. This is rich yet elegant and refined, with a pretty, floral, red cherry finish. One to drink young on its fruit with simple grilled meats or keep in the cellar for ten years or more where it will develop notes of truffle and spice.
Always harvested after the Dolcetto and Barbera, the Nebbiolo is the king of Piedmont’s grapes. These vines are all in La Morra, mostly from Arborina. Translucent, pale, very pretty in the glass with its distinctive orange rim. Layered nose, with red fruits, cherry, as well as dried cranberries, exotic spices and notes of rose petal. Has the texture one wants – though light in colour this has the inner concentration and density which sets Nebbiolo apart. Fine grippy structure, pure fruit, and a finish which weaves together spice and deep floral perfume.
La Foia is produced in the ‘traditional’ fashion – a long cool maceration followed by long fermentation and ageing in Botti -large, 30-40hl, casks that impart no wood character. 2016 is an absolutely superb vintage in Barolo. Such a good colour, so pretty in the glass. Haunting nose of red cherry, dried fruit, and dried flowers alongside rose petal and hot earth. This is juicier on the palate than the Arborina bottling, a little brighter too, with a tongue coating structure of fine, peppery tannins. The structure forms a spine, around which myriad complex flavours express themselves, leading to a perfumed finish, floral and spicy, which lasts and lasts. Glorious wine.
This wine is made in the ‘modern’ style, with a short maceration and fermentation, before aging in barrique. Such a perfumed, bewitching nose, complex and compelling. Cherries and strawberries swirl amongst notes of roses, wood smoke, violets and anise. The palate starts with a burst of bittersweet cherry, then its fine, tight structure begins to build, supporting crisp cool fruits with firm tannins, finesse, before the finish fans out into a complex melange of savoury, mineral and earth notes, all wrapped around a cool, mineral core of dark cherry fruit.
The Riserva, made only in the best vintages from the best fruit, spends an extra year in barrel, and an extra two years in bottle, before release. This doesn’t mean the 2015 is ready to drink now though – the long ageing process produces wines which need extended bottle time. Today, the colour is so beautiful, a pale ruby turning to orange, glowing in the glass. It takes some time to coax out the full spectrum of flavours, cherry fruit, orange peel, spice, liquorice, tobacco, but with time to unfurl in the glass this becomes exceptionally perfumed. The evolving, complex, palate fills out wonderfully, with a long kaleidoscopic finish, while the fine, firm tannins suggest the longevity one can expect. A superb wine, really a beauty, that deserves another 5 years before drinking.

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