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Condimento Balsamico

Condimento Balsamico, also called Condimento as well as Balsamico, is made with the same saba (grape must) and in the same batterie (set of barrels) as is the Balsamic Vinegar Tradizionale DOP.

Condimento Balsamico is made in a batteria, but the finished product may be younger or older according to the producer's wish. It could be drawn from barrels that have underwent anywhere from an amazing 100 travassi (topping-up, which is done on a yearly basis) to even a simple and vibrant 3 year travassi.

Condimenti Balsamici are typically less expensive than Tradizionale DOP due to the fact that they do not undergo the same rigorous scrutiny, and it is not uncommon for producers to carefully add a bit of wine vinegar to the younger travassi-selections in order to brighten the acidity that is so characteristic of a pure and authentic Traditional Balsamico.

Condimento Balsamico production is regulated by the Consorzio Balsamico of which most of the producers also produce Tradizionale DOP, and for that reason sometimes their selections can be far better than the certified DOP products.

The few Condimenti Balsamici  from Acetaia Leonardi which Manicaretti has selected for you are outstanding, and they may very well be the best value in Balsamico. From the amazing 100, 30, and 20 year travassi selection, the assortment includes a carefully selected pallete of younger interpretations for which thickness, acidity, and flavors were always kept in mind for every use in a perfect meal.

Balsamico doesn’t “age” as wine does. Whereas a single vintage of wine ages in barrels and later in bottles, a balsamic’s “age” refers to the number of travassi (yearly topping-up) the acetaio (vinegar maker) has worked with on a particular batteria (sets of barrels); not the age of the contents in a bottle.

A "young" balsamico will not develop the characteristics of a Tradizionale balsamico by simply being kept in the bottle for many years.

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Riserva Oro Condimento Balsamico 100 Year

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L'Eccellenza Condimento Balsamico 20 Year

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Il Pregiato Condimento Balsamico 10 Year—New size & case pack

La Corte Condimento Balsamico 5 Year

Dama Condimento Balsamico 3 Year

Il Pregiato (Gift Box) Condimento Balsamico 10 Year

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Ciliegio Condimento Balsamico 20 Year from Single Cherry Wood Batteria

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