Deep, intense ruby in color, this is a sumptuous,
elegant blend fully expressing the land it hails from.
The bouquet recalls ripe red fruit and blackberries,
with notes of Mediterranean vegetation and eucalyptus and a subtle nuance of baked bell peppers from the component varieties. Structured, velvet-textured and complex on the palate,
its rich, layered flavors and roundness are sustained by a vibrant, vivid freshness and sweet, well balanced, perfectly integrated tannins even at this early stage. A very consistent, very long finish evokes the lingering aromas of the bouquet.
2006 was characterized by a very rainy, mild spring, conducive to excellent, homogeneous growth for all varieties. It was followed by a hot, dry summer that initially appeared to prelude an early harvest. The weather in August was very fair and temperate, providing relief from the heat. Soon after the beginning of September, there were a few days of heavy rain, followed by several days of sunny and warm weather continuing into the
month of October. This resulted in perfect polyphenolic ripening and an exceptional harvest, which turned out to be slightly later than the previous year. Fruit was magnificent, bunches weighed a little less than average, with spaced-out berries, excellent pigmentation, and higher sugar levels compared to 2005. The ensuing wine stands out for its distinct aromas and fragrance, color intensity, decided structure combined
with very sweet tannins. A memorable vintage, favoring cellar-worthy reds like Orma.
"Tobacco, chocolate, currant and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with very refined tannins and a long, caressing finish. Lovely and polished. Delicate in many ways. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2012. 1,585 cases made."
"The 2006 Orma is a dark, hulking beauty endowed with masses of dark fruit, earthiness, licorice, and tar. In this vintage the wine is round and opulent, with just enough density to balance the French oak tannins. The wine offers outstanding depth and a long, intense finish. This super-ripe, intense red is a terrific effort from proprietor Antonio Moretti. Orma is 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine spent 14 months in French oak barrels (60% new) prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016.
The Wine Advocate
"(a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot) Good full ruby-red. Ripe dark plum, coffee, earth and spice aromas are lifted by a pretty floral note. Fat, supple and full, with impressive mid-palate breadth; turns a bit muscular in the middle, with black pepper and spice notes adding complexity to the coffee and black fruit flavors. Finishes with good length and a note of smoked meat. A bit less soft and ripe than the '07, but these two wines are at the same quality level. "
International Wine Cellar