Country of Origin: Italy Alcohol by Volume: 16% ABV
"Punt e mes" means "point and a half" in Piedmontese and refers to the alleged inspiration for the aromatised wine:
The story goes that on 19 April 1870, a stockbroker, caught up in a discussion with colleagues whilst in the Carpano wine shop about the increase in share prices on that day—one and a half points—ordered his usual Carpano vermouth but asked for the barman to add half a measure of bitter, using the regional expression “Punt e Mes”. The drink immediately became popular as an aperitif before lunch, as recalled by the barman of the time Maurizio Boeris.
—Carpano, Fratelli Branca Distillerie.
As is expected from a chinato, quinine bitterness persists throughout the palate, providing a slightly astringent quality to the wine in contrast to the sweetness. A slight wormwood note contributes to the bitterness and mingles with notes of orange, cherry, plum, vanilla, and cassia.
Enjoy in a Milano–Torino, full-bodied Manhattan or Negroni. Try as a substitution for sweet vermouth in cocktails.
About Fratelli Branca Distillerie:
Fratelli Branca Distillerie was founded in 1845 in Milan, Italy, and is best known for its amari: Fernet-Branca and Branca Menta. In 2001 the company purchased and began producing the Carpano range of aromatised wines.