Tasting Notes: This Balsamic is an IGP which is one of the reason it is much less expensive than the $100 per 100ml cost of the top of the line DOP Balsamic Vinegar's. Unlike the DOP which are minimum 12 or 25 years of age, these vinegars have less age in cast and less restrictions on the source of 'grape must' used to make them. The Cavedoni family still takes pride in their IGP and it shows in the richness and thickness of all their IGP vinegars, they source their 'grape must' from their own vineyard and have told me this vinegar has a minimum of 5 years aging.
It has great aroma including hints of oak and cherry wood, great taste in the mouth with clean tart taste from the front to the back of the tongue.
Uses: Great in making a vinaigrette but has enough flavor and viscosity that it works well on fruit(strawberries, others) or cooked vegetables to add some rich acidity and brightness.
About the Producers: For seven generations the Cavedoni family has been producing the highest quality balsamic vinegars in their acetaia in the foothills of Modena, Italy, and is proud to announce its newest addition, the San Lorenzo. It is named after an ancestor of Paolo and Marcello Cavedoni, who was born on the family estate in Castelvetro. He led the family business for many years and developed a strong love and passion for the production of balsamic vinegar, a tradition that continues today with the Cavedoni family. The San Lorenzo is a exquisite balsamic vinegar that has been aged in small barrels comprised of both oak and chestnut staves for five years. Paolo and Marcello handpick the Lambrusco Grasparossa grapes exclusively from their family vineyards. Afterward the must is collected in small batches and cooked for a specific time to guarantee the proper density before being placed in their barrels, along with some wine vinegar made from Pignoletto grapes to ensure that the San Lorenzo maintains a 6% acidity . The resulting flavor has a depth and flavor in the tradition that the balsamic vinegars of Modena have become famous for with a deliciously refreshing twist! The San Lorenzo can be used as a finishing balsamic or as an everyday balsamic. It pairs very nicely with salads meats, chicken, cheeses, even ice cream.