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12-Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar, 8.5 oz.


Our most popular balsamic—the best we’ve ever tried! From the Modena region of Italy, this exceptional vinegar is aged in oak barrels for 12 years, developing the complex character of a mature wine. Full-bodied, woody flavor with notes of dark...Read More

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EXCLUSIVE Our most popular balsamic—the best we’ve ever tried! From the Modena region of Italy, this exceptional vinegar is aged in oak barrels for 12 years, developing the complex character of a mature wine. Full-bodied, woody flavor with notes of dark cherry offers a heavenly accent to almost any food, sweet or savory.

Perfect for marinades, salad dressing, finishing sauces, and so much more. Drizzle over prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe or a wedge of Parmesan for an unforgettable party platter. Or try adding just a touch to fresh fruit or ice cream for a decadent, unexpected dessert. Makes an ideal hostess gift for your favorite food aficionado. 8½ oz. Made in Italy.

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  • The best balsamic we’ve ever tried
  • Aged in oak barrels for 12 years
  • Features the complex, full-bodied character of a mature wine
  • Offers the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors
  • Great for drizzling on salads, fruits, cheeses, desserts and more
  • Makes an ideal hostess gift
  • Made in Italy

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  • Manufacturer: Factoria Estense
  • Capcity: 8.5 oz. (250 ml)
  • Made in Italy
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Customer Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Best Balsamic & Worth Every Penny
I had walked by this bottle of balsamic vinegar several times and never took special notice of it. My family and I already had our preferred balsamic of choice for our meals at a price point of approximately $10.

One afternoon this balsamic was available for tasting, and it changed everything. It was rich, syruppy (sp?), had layers of flavor and came to be the best balsamic vinegar I had ever tasted. I had to have it, so the price of $29.95 was what I was willing to pay.

I began a mission of drizzling it on everything. It had enough integrity to stand up to every dish I prepared, including blended soups, something that was not accomplished by previous, lower-grade balsamics. My husband noticed significant benefits in the quality of this balsamic as well: flavor, richness, sweetness, and the the fact that we could use less of it per serving (giving us more flavor per ounce). For these reasons, he didn't mind that we were spending more per bottle for this high-end product. It proved itself to be worth every penny
November 10, 2011
I am addicted
This balsamic is like a great wine, smooth, delicious and a highlight of any meal. I use it on salad, for dipping and even on fresh fruit. I never even use salad dressing anymore, instead just using a little of this balsamic as a finishing touch
January 12, 2011
Drizzle me on Vanilla ice cream
Want something diffrent to impress your plain vanilla ice cream? This 12year balsamic is the way to go! Thick and sweet it will also shine on salads, pork loin, or even a chunk of Parm reggiano as a late night snack. The price is worth it and it makes a great hostess gift for your next dinner party
March 6, 2011
Simply divine!
I bought this balsamic vinegar because a friend highly recommended it. And he told me how well it went with ice cream. Who knew! As soon as I opened the bottle, I fell in love with it. The aroma! And the taste - smooth. I love it on ice cream (vanilla or chocolate) and on fruit. Exquisite
July 16, 2013
My favorite vinegar
Ever since I found this vinegar at a vinegar tasting, I've used it exclusively in salads and on vegetables. A bit expensive, but worth it
February 5, 2014
After buying this, I can't go back to other vinegars. It's thick, sweet, and syrupy. This vinegar is equally delicious in sweet and savory applications. HIGHLY recommend (despite the high price tag). A great hostess gift as well
April 19, 2011
Excellent taste
This vinegar is so smooth & sweet. This can be used for desserts or a marinade or for dipping there is no way you can go wrong with it. It is worth it!
April 18, 2011
Goes on everything
I took the gnocchi class and the instructor suggested putting it on one of the finished dishes. I fell in love. Now it goes on pizza, pasta, fresh tomatoes, fruit, you name it. Thick and syrupy- still a great buy for the price. It's like nothing I've ever tasted
July 9, 2013
Simply the best I've had for the cost.
I was introduced to this Balsamic in one of my Sur La Table classes. We made a reduction sauce with diced Fuji apples to use over pork or grilled salmon. My wife and I prefer using this Balsamic over salads over any other we have tried. It is simply great. The only Balsamic I had that compared was one a friend brought me directly from France that had been aged 18 years.
May 21, 2015
over 4 years ago
Great all around
Wonderful, delicious, complex, syrupy goodness. Great as a finishing balsamic, or adding intense flavor in cooked dishes and sauces. Great value for this excellent quality. And a great gift
December 11, 2013

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
Excellent quality for special dishes.
Linda H on Jan 10, 2019
Have used before. Our favorite so far.
John B on Dec 26, 2018
Excellent quality for special dishes.
Linda H on Jan 10, 2019
the best balsamic vinegar!!
Nancy F on Jan 5, 2019
Have used before. Our favorite so far.
John B on Dec 26, 2018
Great quality
Edwin B on Dec 20, 2018
looked good
John S on Dec 20, 2018
dan h on Dec 19, 2018
My daughter in law wanted a good quality aged balsamic and I thought you would most likely sell something of this sort.
Rebecca S on Dec 17, 2018
This is my favorite balsamic vinegar so I thought I would send to my brother for Xmas
Donna M on Dec 15, 2018
because its a great product
Arlo W on Dec 14, 2018
Reviews on your website
Robert E on Dec 10, 2018
The aged ones were extremely more flavorful
Charles H on Dec 7, 2018
Tried it at a party. Good stuff for the money.
Jim S on Dec 1, 2018
I got it before and loved it.
Tina Y on Nov 26, 2018
Our favorite aged balsamic! We buy it over and over again!
Erica R on Nov 26, 2018
This aged balsamic is incredibly delicious and the only one I purchase for all of my cooking needs.
Emma W on Nov 22, 2018
On a recommendation from a friend that used to work at Sur La Table.
Kathi H on Nov 18, 2018
The best I've ever had!
Susan M on Nov 12, 2018
I've used it for years and it's the best.
Michelle B on Nov 11, 2018
exceptional product...been using it for years
Diane S on Nov 2, 2018
good flavor
Kenji H on Oct 29, 2018
Bought it before...The best!
Wayne H on Oct 16, 2018
I just visited Italy and loved their Balsamic and wanted some for my home but not to ship 6 bottles at once.
Julia J on Oct 16, 2018
Have purchased this item many times, tried other Balsamics but this is the best, naturally thick from the 12 year aging.
Michele G on Oct 15, 2018
I have been searching for this aged balsamic vinegar for awhile now and Finally it’s here at Sur La Table. 12 year aged vinegar is no doubt on my mind that it is the BEST tasting vinegar at this price.
Michael H on Oct 15, 2018
I am almost out of this and have been enjoying Caprese salads every night with a bounty of tomatoes. This is a must have Balsamic and today is the last day of sale. What luck!
Carolyn P on Oct 14, 2018
love it
Rhea f on Oct 10, 2018
amazing taste good on everything
Melissa G on Sep 28, 2018
I'm a junkie to this balsamic.
Jennifer G on Sep 28, 2018
Its a superb balsamic for dipping with baguettes. I introduced to everyone that I know, they all loved it.
MYNGOC P on Sep 26, 2018
Delicious over mozzarella caprese salad. My kids love it!
Kristina S on Sep 24, 2018
JANET S on Aug 29, 2018
It comes with a good Sur la Table recommendation.
Donna M on Aug 27, 2018
Best vinegar I have ever tasted. Have been using it exclusively for years.
Judy W on Aug 21, 2018
amazing on salads just by itself
kathleen s on Aug 17, 2018
Thick and sweet and everyone loves it
DENYSE C on Jul 30, 2018
best balsamic just love it
Melissa G on Jul 30, 2018
I LOVE this vinegar!
Cherryl F on Jul 30, 2018
this is our go to salad dressing and tomato drizzle
Virginia S on Jul 30, 2018
I have ordered this many times. It is our favorite balsamic.
Adrienne F on Jul 29, 2018
It's wonderfully delicious!
MEG H on Jul 29, 2018
Good reviews
June P on Jul 29, 2018
I love aged balsamic...and wanted to try this one
daria y on Jul 27, 2018
I have purchased it in the past and it is by far one of the most superb balsamic vinegar examples I have ever tasted.
Suzanne J on Jul 22, 2018
I have had aged balsamic vinegar from Italy and loved it. I'm hoping this will be good also.
Debra K on Jul 16, 2018
This is the best balsamic vinegar I've ever had outside of Italy. Love it!
Joann H on Jul 15, 2018
Have tried many aged Balsamic Vinegars and this one by far is the best.
Michele G on Jul 10, 2018
It is an amazing balsamic. Sweet with a bite of vinegar. Everything you want in a good balsamic.
Kari B on Jul 10, 2018
Just love this product and use nothing else. It is delicious.!
Dorothy B on Jul 4, 2018
This is always my to go balsamic. It goes great with salad dressing
KIM P on Jun 26, 2018
I enjoy aged Balsamic Vinegar for texture and superior flavor
Eunice D on Jun 20, 2018
the best balsamic vinegar!!
Nancy F on Jan 5, 2019
Great quality
Edwin B on Dec 20, 2018
This product contains LEAD?

Are you serious? That is insane. I can't believe people will consume this knowing that it contains LEAD!!
A shopper on Dec 23, 2012
BEST ANSWER: All balsamic and red wine vinegars contain naturally occurring lead. Most balsamic and red wine vinegars have lead levels equal to or less than 34 parts per million. An average person would need to consume 1 to 2 cups of balsamic or red wine vinegar per day to reach the Proposition 65 lead level minimum threshold, which includes a 1000-fold safety margin. It appears that there is some controversy about where the lead comes from that is found in vinegars. Some say that is from lead that is naturally absorbed into the grapes from the soil. There is some feeling that the lead might happen during the manufacturing process. Neither of these theories have been proven. It does not appear that it has to do with the glass bottles
How should I store this balsamic vinegar? Just bought my first bottle and wondered if I should refrigerate after opening? It will probably take me a while to get through the bottle.
A shopper on Jun 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I just keep it capped in a kitchen cabinet, darkened/shaded/cool, away from heat, as I, too, have it on hand for quite a while, as I use it most judiciously because it's such a delicacy. It keeps forever in such conditions. Never gave it a thought to refrigerate as it might thicken too much to pour from the bottle. Over the several years I've had this luscious condiment on hand simply storing it in a cabinet out of the light and heat seems to have maintained it quite well ofver time. It is indeed such a treasure to have on hand for all dining and/or gourmet occasions. I never tire of this product and treasure and savor every single drop to the bottom of the bottle.
I've still one near-empty bottle on hand and another stored that I've not yet opened. Thanks for asking. Enjoy it to the max! So flavorful and delectable and rich and thick! It's a fabulous product! Wish I could afford the even more aged such balsamics from Sur La Table! This works just fine for my modest budget. Enjoy! (: db
Is it $29 for 3 bottles or for one of the balsamic vinegar?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2011
BEST ANSWER: I paid $29.95 for the tall skinny bottle in the center/back of the three in the image. It was/is worth every single penny because it is much richer and thicker than a standard, mainstream store-bought balsamic. It is packed full of flavor as well. I have drizzled it on soups and added it to hot apple cider as well. Typical usage is for salad dressing. It is so high-caliber that it has become our balsamic vinegar of choice
Does this product contain sulfites?


Does this product contain sulfires?

LAURA T on May 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes - according to the label the vinegar does contain sulfites. It does not specify whether they are naturally occurring or whether additional sulfites were added as a preservative. Sulfites are sometimes added to products that are fermented (wine or vinegars, for example) to stop the fermentation process or to preserve the product after bottling. According to our FDA, products containing more than 10 PPM (parts per million) of sulfites must be labeled as such.
Is this vinegar syrupy?
A shopper on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, its a lovely consistency been my go to for years. Drizzled on all savories and vanilla ice cream too.
Also a great value and friends love when they receive it as a gift.
Hope this helps.
Is this actually real modena balsamic vinegar? the price tells me no..
A shopper on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This vinegar is produced by Fattoria Estense and carries the "IGP" logo and certification as true Aceto Balsamico Di Modena IGP. The IGP designation can only be (legally) used by producers who meet the Italian government official requirement that the mixing of raw materials, processing, refining and ageing in wooden containers must take place in the geographical area that makes up the administrative province of Modena. There are no other guarantees regarding sourcing of the components, so a lot depends on the integrity and goals of the producer. Only you can determine whether or not you like the taste of this particular Balsamic. To me, personally, I think it is excellent.
As this is an IGP balsamic, I haven't seen anything mentioned in the description if there are any added caramels, flavors, or preservatives (these are legally permitted in IGP balsamics). Are there any in this product?
David S on Dec 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Here is the list of ingredients: Concentrated grape must, wine vinegar. Nothing else!


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