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Carpano Punt E Mes

Dessert & Fortified Wine /16% ABV / Italy

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Vermouth

Italy

Tasting Notes

Dry

Dry

Dried Fruit

Dried Fruit

Pruny

Bitter

Food Pairing

Dessert - Fruit, Cured Meats

ABV

16%


Product description

Carpano Punt e Mes is a pleasantly bitter, slightly sweet, and utterly delightful red vermouth; this baby brother of Carpano Formula Antica is vermouth as it should be. The formula was developed in 1870 in Antonino Carpano's bar in Piedmont, and the distinctive 15-herb recipe is still a family secret. You'll enjoy it straight up or in a wide variety of classic cocktails.

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  • Lex L.
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    N/a haven’t tried it yet

  • Susan
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    Bought this because it was a staff pick. Very smooth, excellent sweet vermouth for a perfect Manhattan

  • Michael T.
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    Substituted it with Noilly Prat vermouth without notifying me first

  • Oliver
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    Great vermouth!

  • allison
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    Perfect!

  • Jake
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    It isn't overly sweet like sweet vermouth, and isn't super astringent like dry vermouth. It is the only vermouth I've found tastes good straight, and serves as a non-dominant mixer that adds a thicker mouthfeel to cocktails.

  • Nina L.
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    Not your mother's sweet vermouth by any means. A richer, more potent spirit. Definitely sends my Bourbon Manhattan into a new, more complex experience. Well worth trying as long as you're not expecting sweet, with a capital S, vermouth. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did.

FAQs

Fortified wines are a category that have had distilled spirits added to them during the winemaking process. These include popular dessert wines such as vermouth, sherry, and port.
Our advice is always "drink it when you want to," but typically PX (Pedro Ximenez) sherry is enjoyed with dessert while oloroso, amontillado, and palo cortado can be served with main dishes.
There are five basic types of fortified wine: sherry, port, vermouth, Madeira, and Marsala. Technically, however, any wine that has had neutral spirits added to it can be classified as a fortified wine.
Standard wine is produced from grapes through fermentation in a standard winemaking process, while fortified wines have had distilled spirits added to them either during winemaking or to the finished product. Fortified wines typically have a higher alcohol content than their unfortified counterparts.
It varies by the wine, but most dessert fortified wines fall into the 15-24% ABV range, while unfortified wines have a typical average ABV of 11-16%.  

Drizly's take

Carpano Punt e Mes is an Italian vermouth with fresh aromas of citrus fruits. The color extends from golden red to dark vermilion and carries topaz tones. This aperitif is an essential ingredient in several popular blends.

Punt e Mes vermouth displays shades of dark dahlia. It bears traces of herbs and delivers bitter notes on the palate that are characteristic of quina. Usually enjoyed with a sliver of orange or lemon rind, it's one of the base spirits for cocktails. For example, Milano Torino uses this drink as the base with additional bitters, fruit peel and ice. It begins as a sweet vermouth flavor followed by traces of bitterness and ends with a sugary finish.

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