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Carpano "Punt E Mes" Vermouth (750ml)

SKU #660020 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This dark, mysterious vermouth is rich, complex and layered, boasting aromas of mint and other herbs, plums and figs, reminiscent of Madeira. The rich flavors are hard to pin down: cocoa, red wine, almonds, bitter marmalade, hints of spice and toffee all play across the palate, finishing with a bracing bitter edge. This delectable sweet vermouth would shine in a Manhattan. (KN) Inner quote mark (2/2011)

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Punt e Mes is an Italian vermouth which is dark brown in color and has a bitter flavor. "Punt e mes" literally means "point and a half" (one point of sweetness and a half a point of bitterness) in Piedmontese and owes its name to a sudden raise of the stock market (naturally, of a point and a half) which greatly benefited the Carpano distilleries. The vermouth brand created this vermouth to commemorate this momentous occasion.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
Punt E Mes has been a go to choice for cocktailing at my house for years. When you're a bit tired of the ultra richness of Antica formula, fall back on the lovely and structured Punt E to clear you right up. It does wonders for drying up a bourbon Manhattan, but it also sings in Spritzs and Negronis. The nose is vinous and spicy with herbal sweet earthiness. The palate is somewhat tannic with a strong quinine element. The finish softens up and releases you from its bitter grasp with soft sweet ending. A great change up from the standard red vermouths.

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