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!
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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