Carpano Dry Vermouth (1L)
Wine & Spirits
*Year's Best Spirits 2016* Carpano Antica Formula red vermouth has been a treasured bar staple, if not a cult item, since the modern cocktail revival. Enthusiasts who have traveled to Italy’s Piedmont may know of the existence of the other Carpano vermouths, but only in the last year have they become available in the US. While the vermouth market has exploded in recent years with new products, to taste this Carpano is to sample a vermouth without an agenda or a hook. It simply and straightforwardly provides the function of a dry aromatized, fortified wine. And while it may lack the complexities or unusual flavorings of some of the new vermouths, it does the job most of us ask of our white vermouths better than any of them: It mixes beautifully. That is, it makes the best martini of any vermouth I’ve tasted. Because it integrates so well, it can be used in greater proportion than other vermouths (I like 3 ounces of gin to a half-ounce of Carpano Dry). Incidentally, don’t confuse it with Carpano Bianco, which is sweeter. (JM)
Carpano Dry indeed has a lower sugar content that other vermouths in the line, and this high-quality vermouth contains quality wines, real wormwood, and the herb Dittany of Crete, as well. Tasting notes from the producer: "Carpano Dry is a clear coloured vermouth, yet vibrant and bright like platinum. And just like platinum, Carpano Dry maintains its characteristics over time, thanks to the distinctive ingredients in its recipe and the quality of the Fratelli Branca Distillerie production processes. Its aroma is characterised by a balanced and well-structured, yet not overwhelming richness of scents: candied fruit, spices, coriander, incense, lemon essential oil. It is the 'winey,' slightly acidic taste of the Vermouth that comes through initially, followed by an interesting fresh, balsamic note which lingers as an aftertaste: citrus fruits and green apple."