For many, Martini is the first and last word when it comes to vermouth and aromatised wines, and is one of the most famous drinks brands in the world. As well as vermouth, the company also produces sparkling wines as well as its own gin.
One of the few brands that can genuinely use the term 'iconic', Martini & Rossi (to give it its full name) was founded in Turin in 1863, and is now, by some distance, the market leader in vermouth. Its two biggest sellers are the Extra Dry and the Rosso, although new flavours have been introduced of late.
Rubino is one half of Martini's Riserva Speciale range, using concentrated botanical extracts which are rested in oak for more than two months. This Vermouth di Torino that uses wines from Piemonte, including Langhe Nebbiolo and three types of wormwood, Absinthium, Pontica and Vulgaris. It is named after the colour, rubino is Italian for ruby.
Aromas of rosemary, rhubarb, orange and oregano. The palate shows rich, red fruit and herbal notes with wormwood and spicy complexity.