Lo-Fi Aperitifs Gentian Amaro
Lo-Fi Aperitifs // California, USA
Lo-Fi Aperitifs is a collaboration between Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery and Steven Grasse of Quaker City Mercantile, combining expertise in wine, spirits, and brand creation. The tandem then sought bartender input in the creation of their products, including from brand ambassador Claire Sprouse. Its Gentian Amaro is made with a base of white wine fortified with grape spirits. Botanicals include anise, cinchona bark, orange oil bitters, hibiscus, grapefruit, ginger, bois de rose (rosewood), and gentian root.
AmaroAmaro means “bitter” in Italian. No legal definition exists, and though it originated in Italy, amaro (plural: amari) can be made anywhere. Originally created to aid in digestion, it is a bittersweet liqueur made from the maceration or distillation (or combination) of herbs, spices, roots, flowers, or other botanicals. Often uses neutral spirit as the base, but other liquor or wine can be used. Can be aged. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies, but tends to be 20-40%.
"The nose is a combination of a grapey, jammy profile with herbaceousness in the form of rosemary and oregano, gentian, and ginger root. Bright berries and grape jelly lead on a supple palate. The bitter is very subtle here, with more of a floral profile buoyed with expressed orange peel, rose petal, and hibiscus. A short, sweet finish showcases more of that herbal-jammy duality. Delightfully tasty on its own, this is less of a traditional digestif though, and more of a very intriguing new cocktail toy to have in your treasure chest. "