Orma Toscana 2009: Inky purple color; cherry, leather nose; black cherry, blackberry, leather, tobacco, plum; chewy in the mouth, dusty-velverty tannins that significantly contribute to the overall presentation on the palate.
This is celebrated wine—94 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Spectator, 95 James Suckling, 93-94 Parker (later vintages). I am not a wine score guy, but this avalanche of monster scores cannot be ignored. This is very good wine, clearly flirting with great according to the most respected wine tasters in the world. That must count for something. Grapes come from vineyards of Bolgheri, a tiny region in Livorno (on the Mediterranean coast, west of Florence, just south of Pisa) with gently sloping hills and deep soil of pebble, clay, and a little sand. The nearby Mediterranean tempers inland heat in summer and softens the cold in winter. Wow. Terrior and right grapes; the formula for success everywhere on the planet when it comes to wine. Super Tuscan blend of 50% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc. France is wonderful, Napa is world-class, Spain is spectacular (especially for value), Italy delivers so many incredible wines on so many levels. It is marvelous for us to live in this era of the greatest wines in the history of the world. Orma Toscana is a must-taste for any ardent wine lover. $65-85
Second photo: Orma vineyard