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Orma Toscana

2011 Deep ruby with garnet reflections. On the nose, the wine demonstrates presence and intensity of aroma. Notes of red and black fruit are supported by sweet spice, cocoa, dry earth, mediterranean herbs and tobacco. On the Palate, Orma is elegant and dense. Sturdy, yet ripe tannin structure lends the wine a velvety texture. Bright acidity reflects the wine's Italian terroir and keeps the wine balanced through a long finish. Expect excellent aging potential from Orma.
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$130.00 / Bottle   $1,560.00 / Case
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Orma is the acclaimed wine made at a single estate of the same name in Bolgheri, coastal Tuscany’s premier wine village. Originally purchased in the mid-1990’s by Arezzo-born business mogul, Antonio Moretti, Orma is said to be ‘well-born’ due to the estate’s location next to Tenuta dell’Ornellaia and amid the towering cypress trees of the famed Via Bolgherese.

The Orma estate is located in the district of Castagneto Carducci within the Bolgheri DOC, and is home to only 7 hectares of well-exposed and carefully tended vineyard. Plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are brought to full ripeness by the brilliant summer sunshine for which this part of Tuscany is renowned. Gentle and consistent sea breezes keep the vines ventilated and free of rot despite dense plantings of 2,960 vines/acre. More than any other characteristic, however, Orma's vineyards are defined by their soil. Here, the soil is composed of a high proportion of sand and pebbles with considerably less clay than other coastal areas in Tuscany. This yields a well-drained growing environment in which vines are required to dig deep for buried water reserves. The result is a richly defined wine of power, concentration, and character.

Orma epitomizes the style of wine that has made Bolgheri a household name among enthusiasts of the 'Super-Tuscan' phenomenon. Bordelaise grape varieties achieve superlative expression in Bolgheri, but they do so a style that is unique to this low-lying, sun-drenched, and breezy zone near the Tyrrhenian Sea. Orma's blend of 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc blends the ripeness and density that one might associate with Napa's sunny skies with earthiness and power similar to that for which Bordeaux is the benchmark. A backbone of vibrant acidity and aromas of dusty earth keep Orma's identity firmly Italian.