A new release from Martini, not something that happens often!
This is a whole new style of Vermouth di Torino, which is named after its amber colour (a long standing tradition, following the red Martini Rosso and pink Martini Rosato). Riserva Speciale translates as special reserve, perhaps a reference to the wines that were specially selected for the release by Beppe Musso, the Martini Master Blender.
This release uses a large amount of wine sourced locally from the Piemonte region, including some from Moscato d’Asti DOCG. All the wines used are made in Italy.
Ivano Tonutti, the Martini Master Herbalist has used three different kinds of wormwood for this bottling, as opposed the usual two, these are: Pontica, Vulgaris and Absinthium, which are grown exclusively for Martini locally, in the Erbe Aromatiche co-op. Tonutti has also used a selection of rare botanicals, including Chinese rhubarb, Roman chamomile and yellow cinchona bark from Ecuador.
Martini make extracts from these botanicals, which are matured for over two months in Piemontese Tino oak vats to develop and harmonise their characters. This process was once common practice in Martini, but has since fallen out of favour. It means that each batch of Martini Riserva Speciale takes a year to produce.
The final result is a complex, zesty and herbaceous, slightly bitter vermouth, with notes of red fruits, wood, spicy black pepper, honey and pressed flowers.
A highly sophisticated vermouth, reflected in the intricate design of the label, which includes the coat of arms of the Kings of Savoy, who protected the Vermouth di Torino classification in the mid 19th century.
A labour of love from Martini, which pays dividends, delivering enormously delicate and delicious flavours.