Martini has announced a new vermouth, Riserva Speciale, offered in two expressions: Rubino and Ambrato.
Martini Riserva Speciale is a celebration of Piemonte, the company says, which begins with sourcing Italian wines from the region, including small parcels of Langhe DOC Nebbiolo and Moscato d’Asti DOCG. The grapes have been selected by Martini Master Blender Beppe Musso for their depths and flavors, the company says, which are essential to the final blending with botanical extracts.
Rubino: The small parcels for full-bodied Langhe DOC Nebbiolo wines used to create Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino are blended with extracts of Italian Holy Thistle and Red Sandalwood from Central Africa to deliver a ruby red vermouth, which inspired the name of the expression. The balance of botanicals creates a full-bodied herbal and complex style of Vermouth Di Torino with a long aftertaste, the company says.
Ambrato: The floral and aromatic blend of small parcels of Moscato d’Asti DOCG wines used to create Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato produces a honeyed Vermouth di Torino. The yellow Cinchona bark from Ecuador and Chinese Rhubarb create a light bitter taste profile that aromatizes and elevates the flavors of the wines, the company says.
The new vermouth variations (each priced around $15) will be available in the U.S. for the first time this fall in Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.
1/3 part Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino
1/3 part Bombay Sapphire Gin
1/3 part Martini Bitter Appertivo
Twist of lemon
1 part Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato
1 part Martini Prosecco