Here is where he would make his wine, Orma. He planted his Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines in 1999 and made his first wine in 2005.
Less than a decade later we are seeing the true potential of this special site.
The 2012 Orma was a blockbuster, gathering a 96-point nod from Suckling and mid-90’s scores from most of the usual suspects.
The 2013 Orma was another step up for this fast-riser. The outstanding 2013 vintage produced a 98-point Orma that was simply off-the-charts.
Now the 2015 Orma has just hit our doors and, boy, is it a doozy. Yes, the 2015 Orma is better than the terrific 2013 Orma, though the Suckling score, 98 points, is in fact the same.
But, no, the 2015 has a leg up. Man, who in the world would NOT like this wine? The 50% Merlot provides the velvety, supple middle, the 30% Cabernet Sauvignon frames the wine with noble, ripe tannins and the 20% Cabernet Franc gives this wine its umami, that undefinable flavor that separates the great wines from good and dials in the finish.
Once again, Orma achieved the same score from Suckling as the 2015 Sassicaia ($200+) and 2015 Ornellaia ($180+) at basically 1/3 the price.
Am I sensing a trend? Yeah, Orma has quickly become the greatest value on a top-shelf wine from the luxury-branded Tuscan coast of Bolgheri, hands down.
It’s no contest. And the wine is hitting even higher heights now that the winery has headed up the coast to infuse Orma with fruit from the spectacular Bibbona sub-zone just north of Bolgheri, home to the smoking-good Tenuta di Biserno wines that are produced by…you guessed it…the former owner of Ornellaia.
James Suckling, a guy who’s tasted more great wine from the Tuscan coast than probably anyone else alive, writes of the 2015, “Plenty of ripe blackberry and incense. Opens up beautifully in the glass. So perfumed. Full body and seamless tannins that coat your palate with a silky texture. Wonderfully framed with complex fruit. Drink in 2021 but already gorgeous. 98 points.”
“Already gorgeous.” Yup, he’s right.
Only $64.98 a bottle for a true Tuscan legend that rubs elbows with the greats at a much nicer price...but not for long. Hurry…