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.
About the Domaine
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.
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