This precious bottle of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Extra Vecchio DOP has been aged for an impressive 25+ years in a series of wooden barrels in Modena. Made exclusively with organic, local grape varieties, it has a stunningly thick consistency and an elegant, complex flavor - even more so than its younger cousin, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
. The best way of enjoying La Ca' dal Non Extra Vecchio is pure and simple: a few drops straight from the bottle go a long way to enhance a creamy risotto, a grilled rib eye, a perfectly ripe peach, vanilla gelato, or with a piece of Vacche Rosse cheese
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Our vinegar producer in Modena, Mariangela Montanari, is the most balsamico-passionate and all-around enthusiastic person you will ever meet. She says traditional balsamic vinegar shines when paired with salty and fatty dishes. "This is one of the easiest and most distinctly Italian ways to improve a dish and make it special."
Traditional balsamic vinegar can only be produced in Modena and Reggio Emilia areas. Local grapes - in this case, organic Trebbiano Modenese, Sauvignon Blanc, Pignoletto, Spergola, Occhio di Gatta, and Lambrusco - are harvested at the peak of sweetness and cooked in open vats until they've boiled down to one-third the volume. It results in Saba, which is then transferred to different kinds of wooden barrels. Oak, chestnut, mulberry, cherry, and juniper barrels impart their flavor and aroma complexity to the vinegar. Each barrel has an opening to encourage evaporation; as the water evaporates, the liquid becomes more and more concentrated and is transferred to progressively smaller barrels. This process takes years - in fact, in Modena, they say that one generation makes balsamico for the next.
Mariangela sums up the uniqueness of this product when she tells us, "Tradizionale is just a simple word, but in the world of balsamico, it makes a great difference. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is perfectly balanced in your mouth. The must keeps a sweet and fruity note despite the acidity it gains during the long aging process. You experience sweetness and acidity simultaneously; one does not overpower another."