Condimento Balsamico 20 Year from Single Juniper Wood Batteria
Very few other producers (if any) have a batteria made entirely of ancient juniper wood. Ginepro (juniper) is a limited-number bottling from a 20-year travasi barrel of a batteria made entirely of juniper wood barrels. As estate-grown grapes are slowly transformed into balsamic, the prized elixir takes on the nuanced aromas and flavors of the juniper wood. Juniper is now a protected tree and new juniper barrels cannot be coopered, making this vinegar even more precious!
Do you remember the smell when you used to sharpen your pencils? That is the first image that comes to mind along with opening a drawer made of cedar wood. Clean, polished, and so aromatic it brings back childhood memories. Porous and resinous, juniper wood gives this balsamic the clear flavor of juniper berry and a spicy herbaceousness, with hints of cloves, black pepper, and licorice.
This dense, velvety condiment should be drizzled in its purest form as a special finishing touch to many dishes. Think fire: meats on a grill or a spit, sizzling hot, then sliced and drizzled with this unique woody and smoky condiment. The aroma of juniper will exalt and enhance the herbaceous quality of any piece of lamb, especially if slow roasted over an open flame. Squab, quail, pheasant, venison, and also rabbit will benefit from its strong licorice flavor. A drop in a gin martini or old fashioned is an absolute indulgence.