Azienda Agricola Aggazzotti, "I Travasi" Aceto Balsamico (250ml)
Artisanal Balsamic Vinegar from Modena
With written records going back to the 11th century, balsamic vinegar from Modena is the real deal, emulated the world over. But none capture the spirit of this fine food product quite like those from Modena, and you won't find a more passionate partisan of than the Aggazzotti family, whose estate in Colombaro di Formigine, Modena, dates to 1714.
This Aggazzotti's "I Travasi" bottling – one of their finest. It's created by taking local Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes, cooking the "must" (the juice and solids), and depositing in small oak barrels where the "mother vinegar" does its magic. "I Travasi" sits in barrel where it concentrates and refines for a staggering twelve months before being carefully bottled by hand. Similar to cheese, sourdough bread, fine wine, and other artisanal products, it's a slow, natural process unadulterated by any artificial colorings, thickening agents, caramel, or anything else.
You'll finds it to be a dense, concentrated balsamic, full of the sweet black-fruit notes, classic tang, and beautifully rich viscosity on the palate.
Just as in wine, balsamic vinegar is a legally protected product, whose boundaries, raw materials, and processes are enshrined by Italian law. Everything from the specific grapes required, type and duration of barrel aging, area, and methods are delimited by law, earning it the "IGP" designation and marker of quality.
This is one of Modena's finest balsamicos, suitable for drizzling over a thick slice of heirloom summer tomato or dressing branzino, fresh off the grill. For dessert, drizzled over fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream is our idea of heaven!
Stock your pantry, give as a gift, and hand it out at the office. And remember, this vinegar spent twelve months in barrel before bottling, so an unopened bottle will keep almost indefinitely! Utterly gorgeous and, like all our wines, this balsamic is treated with the utmost care in our climate controlled conditions shipped lovingly straight to your door. Don't miss!