Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Carpano Dry Vermouth
The Carpano Dry Vermouth is a relatively new product having just hit the US market in 2014. Their "dry" is a less sweet version of the classic Carpano Bianco with a similar but distinct herb and spice infusion. The Carpano Dry was created with cocktails and bartenders in mind offering another flavor and sugar profile. I love that it's not just a drier version of the classic but it has a unique flavor signature as well.
The Carpano story begins in Turin in 1786 when Antonio Benedetto Carpano, a trained herbalist, invented the formula for the now famous Carpano Antica combining herbs and spices with muscatel virtually launching the Vermouth category. He soon developed a following. Carpano’s wine shop was situated just opposite the Royal Palace and, confident of the appeal of his new product, he sent a crate of vermouth to King Vittorio Amedeo III. The king took such an immediate liking to the drink and he adopted it as one of the royal household. In 1820 the Carpano brand was formally launched along with a new production facility. In 1982 Fratelli Branca Distillerie acquired 50% of Carpano and in 2001 production was transferred to Milan where it remains. The brand offers four unique products: Bianco, Dry (the latest), Antica Formula, and Punt e Mes.
Brilliant, pale golden straw color.
The nose is generous and complex with a vibrant white wine core with bright notes of citrus juice and zest, coriander, fenugreek, yellow mustard seed, and rice wine vinegar.
The palate confirms the nose delivering a lush, wine-driven core with supporting notes of citrus, spice, and bright floral flavors with a deft dose of sweetness.
Full-bodied while being perfectly balanced with deep, off-dry wine notes and trailing spice flavors.
How to Serve
This is the perfect addition to both the classic and Vodka martini adding distinctive spice with just a subtle hint of sweetness. However, I urge you to serve this lovely Vermouth solo on ice or perhaps with a portion of soda or sparkling wine.
Price: $ 20.99