VINPEPATO®
DELLE CRETE
The finding of an Antique Recipe

While tidying up some shelves back in 2003, Dr. Giovanni de' Munari found some old notes containing what appeared to be formulas hidden away in a small cavity. The dating of the notes was no simple matter. The handwriting was assumed to be that of his ancestor Francesco Francini Naldi, a well-known alchemist and apothecary of the late eighteenth century.

Spurred by his curiosity and meticulousness Dr. Giovanni de' Munari succeeded in deciphering the notes and obtained precious indications on how to make some "extraordinary potions". Indeed, he perceived that notwithstanding the fact that such products were the result of a pharmaceutical culture they better suited for "voluptuary" uses rather than for therapeutical ones. He thus decided to develop them further toghether with his wife and colleague Gabriella.

There are three production phases

The Vinpepato® is obtained from an infusion of spices, herbs and roots in a fortified Chianti dei Colli Senesi wine. It is the result of a time-consuming process in keeping with the indications contained in the antique recipe.

Fortification: the fermentation of a Sangiovese must is "blocked" by adding fruit alcohol and its alcoholic strength is increased. Fortification was originally introduced to preserve the wines during their long journey from the place of production to their final destination. The objective was that of extracting a greater quantity of organic substances and active principles from the raw materials.

Brewing: as indicated in the recipe, each plant is left to brew in the fortified wine stopred in small clay vassels. Fourteen herbs, spices and roots are left to macerate for forty-five days within shady rooms at a controlled temperature.

Blending: the tasting and balancing of the product constitutes the most delicate phase of the production process. It is during this technical phase, wihich also as an important "human" element, that the sensorial characteristics of the individual components are highlightes. "At present the blending operation is solely carried out by my wife and I. With the passing of time we have refined our blending skills and have recently begun sharing our knowledge with our daughters as well" (Dr. Giovanni de' Munari).

 

A bitter sweet liqueur

"Semel in anno licet insanire" - once a year is allowed to lose one's head - so wrote Seneca in his book "De Senectute", and he then goes on to say:"have a good amphora of vin pepato, get dead-drunk and forget the hemlock".

"Three hundred years of history are contained in this product having wine as its basis. Its digestive qualities, its original mode of production and its delicate bitter-sweetness make it a unique and rare product. the Vinpepato® has been approed by the Wine and Health Assocition" (Dott. Stefano Ciatti - President of Associazione Vino e Salute).

"I don't know if it can be defined a winy liqueur or a liquor-like wine" - says Giovanni de' Munari - "the only thing which is certain is that thanks to its organoleptic characteristics it can be defined a bittersweet  liquor".

Tasting
(Paolo Lauciani - A.I.S. Roma - Bibenda)

The Vinpepato® has a rich and seducing bouquet. It is characterise by an intense aroma of ripe red fruit (marasca cherry and blackberry) mixed with strong spicy flavours of red pepper, cinnamom and cloves. It has a background refined scent of humus, Chinchona bark and anise. It is soft and full to the palate with a perfectly balanced alcoholic strength exalted by a long and rich aftertaste which brings to mind direct olfactory scents.

Serve with

It can be served with dried fruit or pure chocolate. It is ideal served with "cantuccini" (typical Tuscan dry biscuits with almonds), gingerbread or, for true connoisseurs, mountain blue-cheese.

Serve at

Serve at room temperature (14 to 18°C) in a white tulip glass or a small champagne glass.

Vinpepato® delle Crete bittersweet liqueur is product and distibuted by CentoPerCento on recipe and licensed of de' Munari family. We invite You to visit the web-site: www.vinpepato.it

Liqueur
50cl. ℮ - 25% Vol

Retail: box with 6 bottles in tubular cases
Catering: box with 6 bottles without cases