March 2020 - Vermouth & Other Fortified and Aromatized Wine

March 2020 - Vermouth & Other Fortified and Aromatized Wine
This month's Wine feature is Vermouth & Other Fortified and Aromatized Wines

Vermouth & Other Fortified and Aromatized Wine Reviews

Drapo NV Bianco Vermouth Italy
92 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of tonka bean, chamomile, ripe fig, cedar, cinnamon, and birch venik with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a medium-long finish that presents accents of ripe apricot and sugar cane with no oak flavor. A beautifully integrated melange of herb flavors makes this Vermouth a dream to sip on ice, with soda, or in a superb cocktail.
92 points $16.95 Best Buy
Drapo NV Rosso Vermouth Italy
92 points
$16.95
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
DH Lescombes NV  Ratafia
90 points
$28
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of orange blossom, ripe canary melon, lychee, jasmine, and asian pear with a velvety, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sugared peach, elderflower, and fruit salad finish with no oak flavor. A rich and unctuous dessert offering with bold fruit and floral aromas; a luxurious choice for Moscato lovers.
St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Kiva New Mexico
90 points
$28
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach liqueur, rich caramel, bananas foster, hazelnut confection, and pumpkin pie with pecans with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of persimmon with moderate oak flavor. A distinctively nutty and warming fortified wine with a top note of vibrant peach aromas.
Drapo NV Dry Vermouth Italy
88 points
$16.95
Steely amber color. Fresh, herbal aromas and flavors of warm sand, orange marmalade, cedar, chamomile, elderflower, and spearmint with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of tonka bean, candied citrus, and crystalized ginger. This citrus-forward Vermouth has delicate flavors in a concentrated package that delivers a complex but light sipping experience.
88 points $16.95
St. Clair Winery NV Port New Mexico
88 points
$28
Garnet black color. Aromas of ripe figs, chocolate cherry pie, ripe dates, cinnamon danish, salted caramel, and marcona almonds with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a charming, brief damson plum, dried apricot, cassis preserves, vanilla-honey on crepes, creme brulee, tobacco, and clove finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and palate-pleasing port-style wine from New Mexico; will be dreamy with blue cheeses or pastries.
Cinzano NV 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
88 points
$29.99
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
Cinzano NV 1757 Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry
88 points
$29.99
Pale white gold color. Aromas of birch, baby’s breath flowers, white tea, lily of the valley, and carnation with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long rhubarb, jicama, woodruff, and tinned pears finish. Bright, woodland herbs shine in this Italian vermouth; an effortless companion to gin.
88 points $29.99
Drapo NV Tuvé Torino Gran Riserva Italy
87 points
$30
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.
VARA NV New Mexico Rose Wine New Mexico
82 points
$32
Silvery pink color. Aromas of hibiscus tisane and underripe strawberry with a soft, bright, dry light body and a warming, short-lived underripe apricot and cherry stone finish with no oak flavor. A high octane wine for sangrias.
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