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Controcorrente - Levante 2021

Controcorrente - Levante 2021

$70.00

Region: Friuli Venezia-Giulia

Size: 750ml

Alcohol: 16%

Dedicated to the North-East, from the Alps to Venice, where Enrico comes from, the Levante is a vermouth made over a base wine of Verduzzo from Marco Sara (located in the Colli Orientali del Friuli), which is then infused with gentian, elderberry and green tea, before being fortified with alcohol and sugar. This time the percentage of sugar is kept almost half that what would be in a normal vermouth.

Dry medicinal nose, which delicate elderflower scents. The fine tannins and the gentle bitterness blend perfectly with the freshness in the palate and persistency. Created to be drunk at the end of a meal instead of an amaro, but could make an interesting component of a creative cocktail.

PRODUCER

Controcorrente (which in Italian means in the direction opposite to the flow) is the work of Enrico Ciroi - a master in Gastronomic Sciences, who has worked for some very prestigious Italian restaurants. While drinking a Negroni one afternoon, he came to consider the fact that vermouth, despite being made from wine, rarely speaks much of the provenance of its base ingredient. It was then that Enrico had the idea of expanding on the character of the wines he enjoyed most and using them as a starting point to create a vermouth that speaks of where it is from. One producer that Enrico had particularly come to admire was Daniele Piccinin, a leading exponent of organic farming and additive-free winemaking in the Veneto region. After striking up a friendship over a few bottles of wine and sharing his idea, Daniele was more than happy to join forces, and so it came to be that Controcorrente Vermouths would be made with his wines as their base ingredient. Seeking purity and balance flavour in the finished product, Enrico blends with just a handful of botanicals that he feels link to the qualities found in the wine.