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Antica Torino Sweet Vermouth
Staff Pick

Antica Torino Sweet Vermouth

Item # 36682 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52/ Case of 12
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Region
ABV
18.00%
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Tasting Notes

Saying that this splits the difference stylistically between Cocchi and Carpano would not be doing it justice. A definitively sweet vermouth that has great depth but never feels heavy. A big reason being is that Antica focuses on local botanicals with a bent on pungent savory herbs including rosemary, thyme and oregano rounded out by citrus, rhubarb, wormwood and gentian. The vermouth is all natural with no artificial additives. The base wine grapes are Bombino, Trebbiano, Freisa & Moscato. A serious vermouth that you could happily get lost in.


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Staff Pick Notes

The sweet Italian vermouth you didn't know you needed. Vermouth di Torino is a protected designation that requires the use of grapes from the region. Although the major vermouth producers in Italy are based around in Turin (in Piedmont), lesser vermouths are made using wine from inexpensive grapes grown in other parts of the country. Antica Torino is quite bitter on the midpalate, showing more intense notes of gentian in addition to the requisite wormwood. The texture is rich with a palatable sweetness and fairly dry finish. An excellent cocktail vermouth, this will make its mark on all of the classics. The judicious addition of vanilla makes this a great swap for any recipe calling for Carpano Antica, which—no shade—is a little too intense to be your AP vermouth. I like it over ice in a wine glass.

- TT

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Piedmont

The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive...

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