Nardini Grappa Riserva
Nardini // Italy
Bortolo Nardini established his distillery in 1779, making it one of the oldest in Italy. It continues to be family-run to this day. Nardini Grappa Riserva is distilled from the pomace of cabernet, merlot, pinot bianco, and fruilana (tocai) grapes. Distillation takes place from October to May. The spirit is aged for an average of 5 years in Slavonian oak barrels and reduced to 50% ABV before packaging.
Grappa/MarcEau-de-vie that is distilled from the pomace (seeds, stems, skins) left over from winemaking. Typically only grapes are used, but other fruit is acceptable. Can be aged in wood. No specific length of time required.
Cask TypeSlavonian oak
"A few years in oak does a lot to soothe Nardini's grappa, but at 100 proof it still has some bite. It's almond-y aroma leads into flavors of vanilla, honeysuckle, black cherry, and orange peel. The spirit has a silky, creamy mouthfeel, and it would make an excellent digestif."