Some purists among us are none-to-keen to overplay the link between fine wine and luxury goods – but sometimes the results are so impressive that we’ll let it go...! Fashion mogul Antonio Moretti, mainly known for his interests in fine leather goods, has spent the last decade acquiring Sette Ponti, a terrific little estate in the heart of Florence, and a property in the sought-after Bolgheri region on the Tuscan coast – Orma, just next door to the legendary estates of Ornellaia and Le Machiole. Planted in 1999/2000, this “Challenger to Sassicaia and Ornellaia” (James Suckling) is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. One might describe it as a Super-Tuscan nod to the great St Emilion Chateau Figeac, given its supremely balanced style and winemaker Carlo Ferrini’s love of the two Cabernet varieties. A Super Tuscan in the ‘true’ sense, i.e. made from non-indigenous grapes, it has a beautifully glossy, unctuous style and yet a real sense of regionality with its brightness of acidity and touch of herb and spice.
“The vineyards of the small property are in the heart of a region long famed for great wines like Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Macchiole (Messorio). Orma is now making a Bordeaux blend at the same level of quality as its neighbors.”
At the price Orma punches well above its weight; it is also one of the most exciting wines we’ve found anywhere in Tuscany and the 2014, whilst already very approachable, will make for fabulous drinking from 2019 to 2025+.
With only 25 cases of bottles and a handful of large formats available, we don’t expect it to hang around so let us know your orders as soon as you can.
95pts BI– “A beautifully fresh, expressive, mineral nose laced with fine red and black fruits and a whiff of dried oregano and oyster shell. The palate is at once supple and beguiling and beautifully detailed, with fine, sweet-edged tannins and a thread of acidity that keeps in bowling along across the palate. Plums, red cherries and blackcurrants fill the mouth while the mineral undertones give intellectual intrigue. Such a characterful wine.”
Packaged OWC and offered In Bond.
Offered subject to final confirmation and the usual terms of sale. E&OE July 2017.
ETA: October/November 2017.
- Price: £480.00 per case
- Pack Size: 12 x 0.75L
- Status: IB
- Quantity: 11 Cs
- ETA: October/November 2017
Tasting Notes and Scores
A beautifully fresh, expressive, mineral nose laced with fine red and black fruits and a whiff of dried oregano and oyster shell. The palate is at once supple and beguiling and beautifully detailed, with fine, sweet-edged tannins and a thread of acidity that keeps in bowling along across the palate. Plums, red cherries and blackcurrants fill the mouth while the mineral undertones give intellectual intrigue. Such a characterful wine.
The 2014 Orma is a Tuscan blend of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc executed with evident inspiration from Bordeaux. The wine shows a deep, dark appearance with rich consistency and a full-bodied approach. The bouquet delivers the power and integrity that you can expect of this celebrated Tuscan blend, although the mouthfeel does not show the same level of extraction or power. This is a good thing, in my opinion, as the 2014 vintage offers a level of understated elegance that you don't usually get from a wine of this more international and contemporary approach. ML
Fascinating aromas of stone, wet concrete and dark fruit. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. A structured and firm wine. Give it two or three years to soften. - jamessuckling.com, March 2017
The 2014 Orma is a powerful, tightly wound wine. Although the 2014 doesn’t have the radiance or immediacy of the 2015, it has plenty to offer, especially once it comes together a bit more in bottle. Beams of tannin give the 2014 its insistent, nervous personality. But beneath that, the flavors are remarkably pure. Savory herb, espresso, tobacco and menthol start to open up with time in the glass. The 2014 could turn out to be a real jewel of a wine if it softens in time. There is a good bit of potential here.