This traditional balsamic vinegar has been barrel-aged for a minimum of 12 years in a battery of barrels made from no less than 5 different types of wood. The resultant “wine must” is tested, bottled and sealed by the Italian Growers Association in a distinctive 100 ml bottle.
- PDO or DOP certified “Affinato” 12-year old Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is produced, aged and bottled in Modena, Italy.
- You too can “cook like an Italian.” Just a few drops creates chef-quality meals.
- No additives or preservatives. This traditional balsamic vinegar consists only of 100% barrel aged wine must.
- Barrel-aged balsamic vinegar made from entirely of wine must from Trebbiano grapes in Modena Italy.
- Balsamic vinegar has been compared to “nectar of the Gods” and is the secret weapon of every home and restaurant chef.
- With its distinctive packaging, Gourmet Living’s 12-year old “affinato” balsamic vinegar is a great gift for special occasions.
About Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
DOP or traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is closely controlled by the Italian Consorcio. All DOP balsamic vinegar of Modena is tested, bottled and sealed by the Italian Consorcio in distinct 100 ml bottles. Only two ages are recognized by the Consorcio: “Affinato” which has been barrel-aged a minimum of 12 years and “Extravecchio” which has been barrel=aged for a minimum of 25 years. DOP balsamic vinegar consists only of wine must or “mosto cotto” and contains no additives or preservatives.
Found below, are the only authorized 100 ml bottles approved by the Consorcio for Emilia Romagna (left) and Modena (right) with their distinctive seals.
More About Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Grapes – generally the grape varieties of Trebbiano and Lambrusco – are pressed shortly after the fall harvest to extract their liquid. After the seeds, grape peels and stalks are removed, the grape juice is cooked over direct heat in an open container to achieve a concentrated liquid through evaporation. In most cases, the the liquid concentrate is about 30% of the initial volume. The resulting wine must or “mosto cotto” is left to cool resulting in a viscous syrup with a high sugar content.
The rested wine must is then placed in a series of wooden barrels (oak, chestnut, mulberry, cherry, juniper, etc.) to age. As the wine vinegar matures, natural evaporation occurs through a small opening in each barrel. Each year, the concentrated wine must is transferred to an even smaller barrel in a wine battery to aid in the maturation and fermentation of the wine vinegar. During the aging process, the product goes through a series of profound changes with regards to the alcohols, aldehydes, sugars and organic acids contained in the wine must. This produces a bouquet of delicate yet intense aromas and flavors.
Only wine must that has been barrel-aged for a minimum of 12 or 25 years can be certified DOP by the Italian Consortium.
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