This artisan balsamic vinegar is made in very limited quantity from Trebbiano grapes must and is aged in cherry wood barrels for nine years. In Villa Manodori Dark Cherry balsamico, Massimo Bottura, the Michelin-starred Chef of Osteria Francescana, has combined two Modenese culinary traditions: Vignola cherries and balsamic vinegar.
The arrival in late Spring of these luscious cherries is awaited with great anticipation by locals and the Chef is no exception. His Dark Cherry balsamico acquires its subtle undertone during the process of aging local Trebbiano grape must with Vignola cherry wood. Chef Massimo Bottura follows the same traditional methods of production and careful aging that have been used for centuries by Modenese families.
Dark Cherry balsamico perfectly glazes game, pork and duck. Add it to sauces or drizzle over grilled radicchio, endive, pepper or tomatoes. Toss bitter greens with Dark Cherry and Villa Manodori extra virgin olive oil or add a few drops to ice cream, creme brulee' or fruit salad for dessert.
Perfectly balanced with a rich, sweet and tart balsamic flavor and a thick, syrupy consistency. Its dark color and rich aroma reflect a century of family tradition.
The name Villa Manodori harks back to a 16th century estate located in Modena's countryside. Great feasts of local game were often the custom at the Estensi Estate. Their renowned aceto balsamico was served as a digestive at the end of each meal. Chef Bottura takes great pride in Modenese culinary traditions and products. He has been commited over the past twelve years to restoring the Villa Manodori Acetaia to its noble past.
Villa Manodori is a collection in which Chef Bottura has applied his creative skills to the production of extra virgin olive oil, Essenziale, a collection of oils made from 100% natural plant oils combined with extra virgin olive oil, and an assortment of authentically-crafted balsamic vinegars. Made in the artisanal style and produced in limited quantities, these versatile condiments are enjoyed throughout the world.
In 2016, Chef Bottura's restaurant, Osteria Francescana was named the number one restaurant at The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards in New York CIty. Located in Modena, Italy, it is the first time ever that an Italian Restaurant has achieved this standing.
Net weight: 250 ml (8.45 oz). Product of Italy.