Orma, Bolgheri IGT Toscana, 2012

One wine, one estate – both called Orma. Originally purchased in the mid-1990’s by Arezzo-born business mogul, Antonio Moretti, Orma, located in the district of Castagneto Carducci, 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. This is an area with some of the most amazing terroir in all of Italy. Orma, means “mark” or “footprint”.

With a profile that finds equilibrium between power and finesse, Orma reflects both the unique terroir and the ambitious spirit of its territory.


50% Merlot

30% Cabernet Sauvignon

20% Cabernet Franc

Vineyard & Vinification Note

The Orma estate is located in the district of Castagneto Carducci within the Bolgheri DOC, and is home to only 5.5 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.
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation: 10 days
Length of maceration: 20 days
Malolactic fermentation: Yes
Type of ageing container: Barriques
Size of ageing container:225 L
Age of ageing container:New-One Year
Type of oak:French
Length of ageing before bottling: 12-18 months
Length of bottle ageing:1 year

Tasting Note

Orma is 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. Orma’s 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 ageing potential from Orma.

James Suckling Tasting note

Lots of blackcurrants and blackberry aromas and flavours with hints of bark and mushrooms. Full-bodied, chewy and rich. A powerful red with plenty of structure and depth. This Bordeaux blend from Bolgheri is a challenger to Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Better in 2018.  James Suckling – 96 Points -August 2015

Wine Advocate Tasting note

Showing exceptional density and thickness, the 2012 Orma is a monumental red wine from Tuscany. The blend is 50% Merlot with Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc in supporting roles. Compared to the 2011 vintage, this edition of Orma shows tighter tannins and a longer aging potential. In fact, the wine presents itself as very young and tight at this moment. It is at the beginning of its evolution. If you love juicy, thick reds from Tuscany with dark fruit nuances, spice and chocolate, this wine is for you. 94 Points – Monica Larner, Sept 2015

Wine Spectator Tasting note

Rich black cherry, plum, earth and tobacco flavours are wrapped in dense tannins in this red, which shows ample sweetness mid palate, with a fresh, crisp, long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2024. 90 Points – Bruce Sanderson, Oct 2015

Food Pairing

Orma is a powerful red wine that matches wonderfully with full-flavoured dishes, particularly those based around game and roasts. However the wine’s delicate layers of flavour coupled with purity of fruit make it an ideal companion to ripe cheeses, or simply as a Vino da Meditazione as well.