Orma, Bolgheri IGT Toscana, 2013

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.


40% Merlot

40% 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

Purplish red with hints of violet, then a rich bouquet of intense berry fruit and spice with hints of tobacco. Soft and velvety in the mouth with spice and fully-ripe, sweet fruit.

James Suckling Tasting Note

Aromas of blackberry, burnt orange, liquorice and spice follow through to a full body, with super integrated and fine tannins plus a fabulous depth of fruit and centre palate. This is a great wine. Drink in 2017. 98 Points – July 2016

Wine Advocate Tasting Note

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Orma is a delicious wine. It shows a deep, rich color and an opulent style that reflects the generous and sun-drenched growing conditions of this classic vintage. This is a full-bodied Tuscan red that maintains a refreshing sense of elegance and finesse all the while. Black fruit, dried blackberry and spice come together in seamless unity. This beautiful Tuscan red should evolve nicely over the next ten years. 95 Points – Monica Larner, January 2017

Wine Spectator Tasting Note

Shows fine depth and concentrated fruit, evoking flavors of cherry, blackberry, spice and earth. Fleshy, structured and fresh, leaving a vibrant, resonating aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2032. 94 Points – Bruce Sanderson, February 2017

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.