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2011 Orma

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June 16, 2024 - $36



93The Wine Advocate

It shows integrity, intensity and generosity at impressively high levels. ...impeccable sense of balance and profound inner beauty. Morello cherry, dried blackberry, leather, tobacco and spice enter the equation.



Orma is a Super Tuscan producer in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. It was founded by Antonio Moretti, a fashion industry entrepreneur who, in the 1990s, took over his family’s Tenuta Sette Ponti, in the Chianti appellation. As Moretti’s interest in winemaking has grown, so has his portfolio of wine estates grown. He owns other estates in Tuscany and one in Sicily. Orma is a boutique producer, with just 20 acres of vineyards on stony soil. Orma makes just one wine, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Gambero Rosso typically awards its highest rating of 3 glasses to each Orma vintage. Gambero Rosso notes that at Orma, Moretti “chose to channel his efforts into one very satisfying, elegant wine, which has rapidly become one of the best expressions of the territory.”


Italy, Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is Italy’s best-known wine region and its most diverse. Historically Sangiovese was the primary grape grown in Tuscany and Chianti was considered the purest expression of Sangiovese. Sangiovese and its many clones are still important, and they are the grapes used for the Tuscan appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Carmignano. But in the last 50 years innovative producers, many of them in southwestern Tuscany in the area called Maremma, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The tradition defying producers have blended those varietals with Sangiovese to produce dazzling wines that do not conform to Italy’s appellation regulations. Such wines are called Super Tuscans and cannot be labeled with either of Italy’s highest level quality designations, which are in order of status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantia, (DOCG), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata, (DOC). (This has not at all hindered the demand for Super Tuscans, some of which are consistently among the world’s most admired and well-reviewed wines.) Tuscany has six DOCG appellations and thirty-four DOCs. Though famous for its red wines, Tuscany also produces whites made primarily from Trebbiano and Vernaccia. There are also many Tuscan Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s many newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.