About Vermouth Red

About Vermouth Red
Vermouth is an aromatized, fortified wine flavored with certain spices and herbs, including tree barks, seeds and flowers.

Historically there were two main vermouth styles, a sweet Italian vermouth and a drier, lighter French vermouth. Today many styles of dry and sweet, red and white vermouths are made in many regions of the world. More and more diversity in style is seen with the success of new-world, craft vermouths entering the market. Enjoy these wines on the rocks, with soda, or in your favorite classic cocktails like a Manhattan, Martini, or Negroni.

Top Picks for Vermouth Red

Padro & Co.  Reserva Especial Sweet Vermouth
95 points
Dark brown color. Complex aromas and flavors of fennel, leather, cacao nibs, cola, fig, espresso beans, dried cherry, candied pecan, and nougat with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, complex, long finish with touches of honey on tangerines, quinine, dried apple, cassia, nutmeg, lavender, and gentian finish. A poignant and complex, old-world vermouth for stellar manhattans; thoroughly enjoyable on rocks and in spritzes.
Awards: 2018 Best Vermouth Red
Rosso Antico  Sweet Vermouth
94 points
Bronze color. Interesting aromas of cola nut, orris root, bitter orange marmalade, rose petal, dandelion, and cassia bark with a round, lively, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long black licorice, nectarine, sultana, and bitter almond finish. A very attractive bitter liqueur with vibrant, fruity character, superbly balanced bitter edge, and lengthy finish.
Cinzano  1757 Sweet Vermouth
93 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of sandalwood, cola, autumn leaves, espresso, cinnamon stick, candied carrot, thyme, and dried fig with a round, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long gentian and geranium finish. A rock-solid, bold vermouth for serious cocktailers; will hold its own and be a true partner in a cocktail.
93 points $29.99
Drapo NV Rosso Vermouth Italy
92 points
Best Buy
Amber color. Herbal aromas of cedar smoke, autumn leaves, honey cake, and lavender with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, complex, long toffee, ripe mango, birch, caraway, lemon verbena, bitter roots, and green olive finish. A fuller-bodied amber Vermouth with a strong backbone; pair with any spirit to balance and elevate stirred cocktails.
92 points $16.95 Best Buy
Turin Drapo  Rosé Sweet Vermouth
92 points
Pale salmon pink color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile, watermelon, pink peppercorn, bay leaf, thyme, and menthol with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish with suggestions of black tea, tangerine peel, and oregano focaccia finish. A very enjoyable, stylish rose vermouth that should be used liberally on the rocks, with gin, or in a spritz.
92 points $23.95
Padro & Co.  Rojo Clasico Sweet Vermouth
90 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of carob, oregano and thyme, licorice, tomatillo, castelvetrano olive, cacao nibs, eucalyptus, and dried cherries with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long black toast, fennel fronds, and molasses finish. A pervasive and dark vermouth that will stand up to robust whiskies; try in a rye manhattan or on the rocks with olives.
Vya  Sweet Vermouth
89 points
Mahogany color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon tisane, desiccated plums and oranges, orris root, australian soft licorice, and wet leaves with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length fig tea, allspice, blackberry leaf, citron, cola, gingerbread, and vanilla finish. A rock-solid buttery vermouth packed with warming fruits and spices that will be a great go-to for Manhattans.
Padro & Co.  Rojo Amargo Sweet Vermouth
89 points
Dark garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fruitcake, tea with milk and sugar, cedar smoke, plum, jerk spices, and raisin swirl bread with a slightly chewy, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish with notes of grapefruit oil and caramelized banana finish. A rich and fruity vermouth with a very balanced bitter character.
Cinzano NV 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
88 points
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of toasted bran muffin, alfalfa, cinnamon, wormwood, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with touches of burnt caramel, toasted allspice, clove, and coffee bean. A bold Vermouth with a balanced bitter finish that goes on and on.
88 points $29.99
Drapo NV Tuvé Torino Gran Riserva Italy
87 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of cedar sauna, lime leaf, cilantro, chamomile tea with honey, and white pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long cinnamon-ginger lozenge, crisp toffee, bitter wormwood, and woodruff finish. A cocktail-friendly vermouth with magnetic herbaceousness.