Outside of the “big three” of wormwood, gentian, and quinine, herbalists worldwide have used many flavors as the backbones of aromatized wines. Many of these wines no longer exist, and many of those flavorings have moved into spirit-based amari and liqueurs. A few examples of “vino amaro,” or wine-based amaro, still exist, and use herbal flavors that are harmonious and familiar to traditional drinkers worldwide. Because oftheir wine base, these products have vinous texture and a depth of
flavor that add a welcome breadth when used in mixed drinks.
One of the most beloved of Cappelletti amari is this ode to the mountain range just south of Rovereto. Flavors of pine, blueberry, smoke and alpine plants give a true expression of place. The deep favors and lush texture are also the result of its preparation on a rich wine base.