Monterosa Rosso Extra Dry Vermouth
Daniele Garella works half his day as a graphic designer and half as a contadino or farmer. One can actually identify the grape variety or varieties, which here are Nebbiolo (that haunting nose and long tannins) and Croatina (the color, fruit warmth, and wide-shoulder grump tannin). The grapes come from his 100+ year old vineyard on native rootstock. If this were just his wine, it’d be special and rare; that it is his wine made into a Vermouth makes it one-of-a-kind. Most of the herbs are picked locally in Alto Piemonte, with a few outsiders thrown in for cosmopolitan measure.