Product of: Italy
The name of this Italian red coloured aromatized wine translates as 'ancient red'. It is produced from a mixture of five different base wines, though one, Ancellotta Rosso accounts for 75% of the blend. To this 32 herbs and spices are added including 3 species of Artemisia and Iris Florentina.
Rosso Antico is best served over ice with a slice of orange.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 29/07/2020
Clear, scarlet red.
Woody herbs, roast coffee beans and light exotic spice with honeysuckle, rose, vanilla and zesty citrus.
Lightly sweet and delicately spiced with bitter overtones. Orange zest, rosemary, thyme, caramel and coffee.
Bittersweet fading to more bitter with cleansing zesty orange, herbal complexity and lingering spice.
Rosso Antico is an aromatised wine but has the appearance, aroma and taste of a high-quality rosso vermouth; and three essential characteristics: recipe includes wormwood, it's 15% alc./vol. and comprises at least 75% wine. Indeed, Rosso Antico is great in a Negroni and other cocktails in place of sweet vermouth. Hence, on Difford's Guide, we categorise Rosso Antico as a rosso (sweet) vermouth.