Riserva di Famiglia (Family Reserve) is the Leonardi's family Balsamico. Although this careful selection qualifies to be submitted to be an Affinato Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena DOP qualification, the Leonardi family has chosen to indulge us with the bounty of their efforts with a product that is accessible and readily available.
Aromas of tea. Notes of sarsaparilla and sassafras reminiscent of artisan root beer. Coffee and bitter chocolate undertones. Acidic in the back of the mouth with balanced proportion of sweet and sour. More acidic than any traditional balsamic of similar age, but purposely so.
Younger, leaner and more straight-forward, this balsamic can enliven any pork chop, pork roast. Use on flank steaks and glazes which include orange zest and aromatic herbs such as juniper, allspice and chili pepper. Tempting to drizzle over Creole dishes such as Gumbo. The perfect condiment for plated salads with gorgonzola—the balsamico balances the sharpness of the cheese with a touch of sweet and sour at the end.