enFuso Balsamic Vinegars have only two ingredients, our base vinegar and our fresh California fruit reductions. There are no sugar, corn syrup or artificial flavors added; but why add anything when the natural flavors are so rich and satisfying.
The base vinegar is from Modena, Italy, famous for the origination of this amazing food product.
Traditional balsamic vinegar is produced from the juice of just-harvested white grapes (typically, Trebbiano grapes) boiled down to approximately 30% of the original volume to create a concentrate or must, which is then fermented with a slow aging process which concentrates the flavors. The flavor intensifies over the years, with the vinegar being stored in wooden casks, becoming sweet, viscous and very concentrated. During this period, a portion evaporates: it is said that this is the “angels’ share“.
None of the product may be withdrawn until the end of the minimum aging period of 12 years. At the end of the aging period (12, 18, or 25 years) a small portion is drawn from the smallest cask and each cask is then topped up with the contents of the preceding (next larger) cask. Freshly reduced cooked must is added to the largest cask and in every subsequent year the drawing and topping up process is repeated. This process where the product is distributed from the oldest cask and then refilled from the next oldest vintage cask is called solera or in perpetuum.
Our base vinegar is aged for 18 years in 3 different barrels resulting in a 60% reduction. The result is a smooth, sweet, yet tart intense flavor with the consistency of syrup.
Our fruit reductions start with fresh tree or vine ripened fruit from the Capay Valley growing area of California. We also reduce it 40% to its flavorful essence and then add it to our balsamic vinegar base. You can truly taste the fruit in every flavor we produce.
We are currently offering the following flavors:
- Fig is earthy and pungent
- Pomegranate is sweet but tart
- Strawberry tastes just like sweet strawberries!
- Black Current has intense berry flavor and aroma
- Elderberry’s milder base is a 50/50 blend of white and dark balsamic allowing the rich fruitiness to be the star