Giovanni Cavalli, the ultimate producer of Tradizionale from Reggio Emilia, has resigned from the Consortium in order to independently produce Balsamic of Reggio Emilia according to his own ultra-high standard. Although Ferdinando, Giovanni's father, founded the Corsortium of Traditional Balsamic Producers of Reggio Emilia, Giovanni believes that he must be free of the Consortium's constraits to achieve his level of quality.
Two basic quality levels have been established--Silver Seal and Gold Seal corresponding to the Modenese levels of minimum 12 year and 25 year aging respectively. However, these are minimums and do not reflect the age composition of Cavalli balsamico where stocks are up to 300 years old.
The Cavalli name and reputation assures the high standard that a product of this quality demands.
The Gold Seal Cavalli Balsamic is extraordinary and complex, rich with harmonious fragrances, more sweet than sour with persuasive structure. It is dense, suave and persistent.
Bottles are numbered and come boxed with an informative booklet containing history and recipes. Each bottle contains 100 ml. of Gold Seal Balsamic Vinegar by Cavalli from Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Cavalli Tradizionale of Reggio Emilia Balsamic Vinegar is the product of an artisans labor and skill. By law, this vinegar must be aged in wood casks of oak, cheery, mulberry, chestnut and juniper. This Balsamic Vinegar has a deep color with a rich intense taste. Each bottle is packed in a beautiful gift box.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been intrigued by balsamic vinegar and have been trying to understand what all the hubbub is about but could experience it as all I had access to was grocery store stock. I came here through the Cook's Illustrated site having selected the winner of their taste test. After trying this I get it. The Cavalli is really thick and syrupy with a very complex range of flavors from sweet and slightly tangy with other taste notes that resemble more a Beethoven symphony; I can't even begin to explain its complexity as I am just beginning to use it. I've also been experimenting with creating salad dressings and because of my experience with the Cavalli, I've stopped all of that and am simply using olive oil and a drizzle of the Cavalli to start and it's really like nothing I've tasted before.
This stuff is really expensive and I'm not sure I'm going to use it as much when I finish up my current bottle. I'll probably buy another one, but will have to think it more through...
Actually, I can't say that I love it because I don't use balsamic vinegar usually. My wife (for whom I bought it) however loves it. She uses it sparingly and occasionally gives some to close friends to try and everyone says "Wow!" You only use a few drops because it is the consistency of good maple syrup. It is pricey, but should last for a long time.
This is unlike any other balsamic I've had, the best. Expensive but not for using freely on thinks like salad dressing. A few drops on veggies or fruit is fantastic and really brings out the flavors.
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