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Staff Pick

Cappelletti Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro Liq.

Item # 34782 750mL
$21.99/ Single Bottle
$263.88/ Case of 12
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ABV
20.00%
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Tasting Notes

This special rhubarb based bitter amaro from the wonderful Cappelletti family exhibits a deft balance of bright and earthy, smoky flavors as the name suggests. The Cappelletti's have been producing their Sfumato for nearly a century with the unique Chinese rhubarb, grown in Trentino as a base for flavors that include candied orange peels, celery salt, flint, pickled herbs, green strawberries and raspberry preserves. The entry is rich and fruity the cleans up nicely on the mid-palate on its way to a dry, bitter, long finish.


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Staff Pick Notes

Rabarbaro are a small but notable corner of the world of Italian bitters, marked by their remarkable, distinctive base of Chinese rhubarb. And the rhubarb absolutely takes center stage, with real fruit upfront that pleasantly and seamlessly transitions into a robust, earthy smokiness in every sip. Dancing around that core of woodsmoke and spice are aromas of alpine herbs, celery root, preserved mountain berries, and damp soil. As with any amaro, it's the mandatory way to end the kind of meal that makes you grow a few pant sizes. But you can also get very playful with this stuff in cocktails. It mixes beautifully with the spicy, citrusy notes of rye whiskey, and stands up to the inherent smokiness and herbaceousness in a good mezcal. Sub it for Campari in a Negroni on your next lazy day for a meditative, dark forest in a glass.

- JON

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Trentino-Alto Adige

Crossing the historic boundary between Italy and Austria, Trentino-Alto-Adige is in fact comprised of two autonomous regions (Trentino and Alto-Adige). The swath of land was returned to Italy after World War I, and the two regions have been lumped together in the winemaking world ever since. Alto-Adige, the northernmost half of the region, retains great pride in its Germanic heritage,...

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