Vermouth Rosso is a flavored beverage produced in Sinis, Sardinia, by Azienda Vinicola e Distilleria Silvio Carta of Zeddiani.
Vermouth Rosso Silvio Carta, reveals a deep ebony color to the eye. The nose gives multiple aromas of Mediterranean scrub, from rosemary to laurel, from pine needles to resins and pine nuts, against a background of faint marine puffs.
On the palate it is an intense, smooth and full Vermouth in perfect balance with the alcoholic note and rich in returns, including herbs and ripe fruit, toward a firm and clean finish that carries a long mineral trail behind it.
It is recommended to taste at a temperature of 10-12 °C.
Some interesting facts about Silvio Carta Red Vermouth
At the height of World War II, able-bodied men are all at the front, and in the countryside both boys and retirees are working to make a living for their families. Production was quite limited given the available labor force, but nevertheless the government imposed requisition of foodstuffs. The immediate effect was the emergence of the black market.
As a result, it was necessary to conceal the actual production of various goods. As for the wine, which was traded in fifty-liter wooden containers, it was hidden in the countryside among shrubs; in Sardinia mostly helichrysum. The operation worked well in the cold period while in the summer the wine acquired a high alcohol concentration and an overbearing bitter note in addition to the scent of helichrysum.
This became a serious problem as no one wanted that bitter product. Despite the effort, at the time it was not understood what had happened therefore we only exchanged smuggled wine in the cool months.
Only later was it understood that the phenomenon was caused by storing the wine in chestnut barrels whose wood is very wide, so that during the summer period, due to transpiration the water evaporated, the alcohol content increased and the wine acquired the intense scent of the helichrysum plants in which it was hidden.
After the war and with economic recovery in Sardinia, as in the rest of Italy, came the fashion for Vermouth.
Silvio Carta in tasting it remembered what had happened with the smuggled wine. Understand that the difference was simply the addition of sugar. This gave rise to the idea of producing Vermouth from Vernaccia based on the ancient recipe, creating, of its kind, a unique product.