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La Vecchia Dispensa Balsamic Tradizionale Ex-Vecchio
100 ml
- Modena, Italy

La Vecchia Dispensa's "Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena Extra-Vecchio" balsamic vinegar is obtained from a traditional and painstaking process of slow fermentation resulting in acidification into vinegar. Extra-Vecchio means "very old."

La Vecchia Dispensa's Extra Vecchio has a rich, complex bouquet and pours like molasses. The Modenese prefer fuller, more complex, and sweeter flavors developed in more mature balsamicos like this one. Dark brown, with a thick almost syrupy consistency, La Vecchia Dispensa Extra Vecchio is worthy of the reference da bere, "for drinking," the highest compliment for a tradizionale.

How It's Made

The must of Modena trebbiano grapes, with nothing added, is cooked over direct heat, and then left to age in a series of differently sized casks of choice woods (oak, mulberry, juniper, or chestnut), until the vinegar develops the flavor characteristics of traditional balsamico - a process taking at least 25 years. A special consortium tasting panel determines that the balsamic is ready based on blind taste tests. When the vinegar achieves the proper score, it is given the gold seal and labeled "extra-vecchio" (very old).

Serving Suggestions

Experience over the centuries has shown that balsamic vinegar should always be the last ingredient added to any dish, except when used to dress salads. Balsamics aged 20 years or more become denser, their fragrance and flavor are enriched, and may be appreciated on the full on flakes of Parmesan cheese, on strawberries or on ice cream; try it sipped at the end of a meal.

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UNREAL Treat this Balsamico is-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This amazing bottle of Balsamico's flavor profiles are just UNREAL. The parmesean cheese is the TOPS in terms of tasting unless you drink it pure. Thank you for the wonderful suggestion ladies at The Chef Shop. Saving up for the 100 Year Old for "special" ocassions.
by William