For its 120th anniversary, the House of Cocchi has resumed production of its original recipe Vermouth di Torino, first offered in 1891. Cocchi was a well known brand during the following Italian Belle Epoque and on the eclectic Futurist scene. The Cocchi name and range quickly spread worldwide, as shown by papers documenting exports to New York, London, Sydney, Italian Colonial Africa and Venezuela. This Storico Vermouth di Torino follows the regional tradition of using fine Moscato wine as its base, which is then infused with a secret recipe of local and exotic botanicals. The flavor profile is unmistakably of Cocchi, with rich and vibrant notes of cocoa, citrus, rhubarb and a balanced bitter undertone. Delicious on its own, and ideal for use in numerous classic mixed drinks.
Cocchi do Torino Vermouth
A true Vermouth di Torino,
Cocchi uses Moscato of the family estate as the wine base and is produced in the historic Asti region outside of Torino. This is a remarkably complex aperitif wine. On the nose you immediately find aromas of singed orange peel, vanilla and caramel. Over time, faint menthol notes develop into aromas reminiscent of dandelion and burdock. Vermouth di Torino stands apart as one of only two protected geographical indications of origin for vermouth.
A very bold, long finish, with the bitter/sweet balance staying with you to the end.
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Originally, the Italian firms that commercialized vermouth made a style known as rosso. Often simply known as sweet vermouth or Italian vermouth, rosso vermouth is mildly bitter and slightly sweet, with a dusky garnet color from caramelized sugar.
That contrasts with dry vermouth, also known as French vermouth due to its commercialization by French firms. Like most rosso vermouths, dry vermouths are also made from neutral-character white wines - but are flavored with a different set of botanicals that may include nutmeg and bitter orange peel.