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Staff Pick

Priorat Natur Vermut

Item # 31023 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52/ Case of 12

Tasting Notes

A traditional drink from the artisans at Buil and Gine in Spain's historic Priorato region. Begun as an undertaking to sustainably preserve the authenticity of regional products, this vermouth is made with a base wine of Macabeo to which choice herbs and botanicals are infused, along with some grape spirit. Lushly textured, the profile is both bitter and sweet, fruity and nutty. This is a can't miss pairing for cheese plates, fresh seafood, olives, tapas, nuts, and more.

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Staff Pick Notes

Find current affairs unbearable? Do you wonder about the future? Will we make it? Can civility persist? No matter what's on your mind, I'd like to point out that a stiff drink is not always the best partner to discourse, not in the beginning. Start slow...have a vermouth. As vermouth goes, there are ones you want in cocktails and ones that are best on their own—ice, seltzer, and a twist or olive if you insist. This one is outstanding without anything at all. The nose is unabashedly savory with wild thyme. A little sweetness on the palate fades into a bitter, nutty finish. As always, refrigerate anything under 25%. This will stay fresh for about a month, but I think you'll find enough occasions to pour it before time is up.

- TT

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